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From: "MScheffler" <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] People without a Surname
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 21:52:28 -0500
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There is probably no perfect solution that everyone likes. I keep
hoping that the professional genealogists will come up with a standard which
would be preferable to all of our different work-arounds.

I use the nick name field a lot, so Anne's solution would not work for

Until a better convention comes about, I use brackets around the
married surname when the woman's surname is unknown, i.e. Nancy Ann
[Hotchkiss]. I have never been happy having no surname at all for the woman
and at least the married surname gives her some identity. The brackets work
well in the identification process with multiple husbands, where I use the
first married name and add the other husbands just as one would do with a
woman whose surname was known..

I had begun a few years back using ( ) around the married surname;
but this is the standard for a missing surname, so I quickly changed to the
brackets when I realized I was being misleading.

To prevent misunderstandings on my WorldConnect database, I explain how
I use the brackets. These bracketed names all sort together.

Margaret Scheffler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Brown" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: [RMagic] People without a Surname

> Tee,
> you should try my idea out. It's really neat as long as it dosn't cause
> any
> other problems
> It would come out like Ann (wife of John J Brown) Brown You can really
> notice at a glance where they belong.
> On 3/5/07, Tee Huffaker <> wrote:
>> Hi Ann,
>> I also find that people without surnames get lost in the file. I hope
>> we hear from others on how they deal with this.
>> I use ( ) as part of the married name, so I know who they are. All
>> these people are at the front of my index but at least have their
>> married name attached to them.
>> So, your entry would look like this Ann ( )Brown.
>> Ann being the first name and ( )Brown being her surname.
>> Tee
>> On 3/5/07, Ann Brown <> wrote:
>> > Hello,
>> > I have started putting info in the" nickname" box on the person's file
>> when
>> > they don't have a last name.
>> > first name *Ann* Nick name *wife of John* *Brown*. and then when it
>> > appears in the person list the "wife of John Brown" comes up and I know
>> > where that person belongs.
>> >
>> > Should this cause a problem down the road.? It is sure helpful now.
>> > --
>> > Ann Brown " Cookie"

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