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From: "Ann Brown" <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] People without a Surname
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 22:09:15 -0500
Thanks to everyone for sharing all their ideas. I have not heard that in
the future my current practice will cause a problem in sorting or in
narrative print outs. Like some have said, we all learn to work around our
On 3/5/07, MScheffler <> wrote:
> There is probably no perfect solution that everyone likes. I keep
> hoping that the professional genealogists will come up with a standard
> 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
> and at least the married surname gives her some identity. The brackets
> 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
> 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
> > 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
> >> when
> >> > they don't have a last name.
> >> > first name *Ann* Nick name *wife of John* *Brown*. and then when
> >> > appears in the person list the "wife of John Brown" comes up and I
> >> > where that person belongs.
> >> >
> >> > Should this cause a problem down the road.? It is sure helpful now.
> >> > --
> >> > Ann Brown " Cookie"
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