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How to handle name changes in records?

Name changes are just awkward, and there's no real perfect way to handle them. The general standard is to record names as they were at birth. For example, in genealogies women are usually recorded ...
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Denoting end of family line, no children in GED and other records

The following symbols are used in genograms and other descendant charts to denote a childless union and individuals without children: (Google: chart symbols "no offspring" for examples of use and ...
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GEDCOM: INDI.FAMC vs FAM.CHIL

I think you'll find just about every genealogy program makes many mistakes when exporting their GEDCOM. Some of them even add their own illegal GEDCOM on purpose because they want to export some data ...
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How do I visibly make people aware that a connection is only tenuous and further research is needed?

Take a look at these Downloadable Image Icons for On-Line Family Trees provided on the blog Genealogy Junkie. Sue Griffith created these to mark which lines were verified by DNA research and which ...
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Is there a BNF (Backus Normal Form or Backus–Naur Form) for the gedcom grammar?

While there may be an official standard GED grammar, there are many nonstandard tags that are now widely used. Therefore, using BNF may or may not be the "easiest way". Nevertheless, a quick google ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

Which county? I would suggest that deciding to align to what 'typical genealogists' do is not a good idea if it works counter to (a) your software or (b) your immediate intended audience. (Emphasis on ...
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Standard GEDCOM tag/note for copyright?

Yes, there is the COPR tag for this purpose in the header of the GEDCOM file. In GEDCOM v 5.5.1 (1999), the de facto standard: n HEAD +1 COPR <COPYRIGHT_GEDCOM_FILE> COPYRIGHT_GEDCOM_FILE:= {...
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Dixie Kiefer died on a mountain. Should I include the mountain's name in the place of death?

I just came across this, as the 70th anniversary of Dixie Kiefer's death is approaching this year. I am a reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal who is preparing a story about the crash. I also have ...
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How to handle name changes in records?

It appears there is no set standard in recording name changes. Some sites offer a special section to add an alias or alternate name, but if you're looking to print-out your family tree (like I am), ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

There are policies on this subject in some areas related to genealogy. The General Register Office have rules for UK civil registration that require all registrations to show place names (and ...
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What GEDCOM tag should the DNA Haplogroup be stored?

Unfortunately, as you likely know, GEDCOM predates DNA research for genealogy and does not have specific tags or specific instructions for dealing with DNA data. As far as new standards go, ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

To answer this question, I have to ask another one: how can we define "most genealogists"? Another thing to consider is how you are going to make use of the place data when you see it in your family ...
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Is it appropriate to include my brother's son?

I agree with the previous answers that protecting the privacy of your half-brother and his family is very important and should be your primary consideration, along with their own wishes about whether ...
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Entering marriage banns into my database – one fact or three?

I would enter this as one fact. I would use the date form: FROM date1 TO date2 and put the individual dates and description in the notes. My reasoning is that I would want to keep all the info and ...
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GEDCOM: INDI.FAMC vs FAM.CHIL

The GEDCOM 5.5 specification provides most explanation about the link inside the individual record, pointing to the family record. It says: The normal lineage links are shown through the use of ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

Ancestry's tree allows the addition of further names that are referred to as Alternate Names - an Alternate can be marked as the Primary if it is desired to swap them. That being so, I'd record each ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

I found an Elizabeth Shown Mills post on her blog with A Dozen Conventions You Want to Know About. She says (Rule 2): "When the person used a nickname, we put that nickname in quotation marks ...
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Would occupation be appropriate for the NSFX field for older German listings?

NSFX in GEDCOM is one of the name pieces, specifically the suffix piece. GEDCOM gives "jr." as an example, but it could also include anything else that might be legally after the person's ...
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Genealogical Standard way to record the US, USA, United States, United States of America?

I highly doubt there is a genealogical standard for something like this, nor, one might argue, does there need to be. If the meaning is clear, the essential genealogical standards have been met. ...
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Entering marriage banns into my database – one fact or three?

I think the best practice will be to enter three Marriage Banns events, one for each date on which the Marriage Banns were read. However, to be practical, and especially if I were short on time and/...
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Standard GEDCOM tag/note for copyright?

COPR (Copyright) is just a claim of copyright...and legally speaking, copyright is not the same as a license for use and distribution (like Creative Commons). You don't want to conflate the two if you ...
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Entering marriage banns into my database – one fact or three?

This case is a good illustration of how our genealogy software doesn't serve us well. We focus on entering information into our software about people, when in actuality, the tasks we perform are ...
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Is it appropriate to include my brother's son?

It is your family tree - you can include anyone you like. It is perfectly acceptable and appropriate to include your half-brother's son and his family. It appears from your tag that you are using ...
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Using git for genealogy collaboration

Genealogists will never use git directly, but a frontend is eminently possible. Neither XML or (to a lesser extent) json map well to a line-based version control system (because it can be hard to ...
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Denoting end of family line, no children in GED and other records

In my Brother's Keeper software there are several event fields which can be added to denote children or lack there of: Never married No children from this person No children from this marriage Number ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

For written materials, I would follow what Elizabeth Shown Mills' said, as outlined in this previous answer. This answer is intended as a supplement -- a place to record technical information. ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

The way that I record such a person's name in an Ancestry online tree is: First and Middle Name: Harry William Last Name: Smith (Jones) - I place Jones in round brackets because it is a Last Name ...
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Handling nicknames on Ancestry.com?

I had a similar situation in that records for my great grandmother showed up as Mary, Maria, and Marie. I knew her as Mary but in the "First and Middle Name" field I put Maria (Mary) Wilhemina ...
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How to handle name changes in records?

I find with married women's names it helps me keep things straight if I always use their birth name with the married name in (). They are already attached to their husband/married name already and ...
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Denoting end of family line, no children in GED and other records

As far as software conventions go, it depends on the software. I've used Legacy Family Tree for many years, and they have a checkbox on the marriage/couple screen for specifying "no children". As @...
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