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From: "Morgan Johnson" <>
Subject: RE: Name variations
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 20:57:05 -0500
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I use their real birth name as the primary name. (John Francis Smith)
Then as I run into variations I male a name variation tag. (JF Smith, Frank
Then I make sure that when I'm entering a new tag (like census tags) that I
change the name in the drop-down to show the name they used in that record.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kaye Wykoff [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:45 PM
Subject: Name variations

Thanks for answering my last question on entering people. Now another
problem. I come from a long line of people who go by their middle name.
For instance: Eva Kaye, goes by Kaye or James Caleb went by Cale or J.C. I
even named my own son James Bradley and he goes by Brad. Legal papers,
census entries, etc. have used any and all of the name variations for my
grandfather and great grandfather. My uncle was James Calvin but was known
his whole life at J.C. or Jay. Question--since these names are not nick
names, but actual given names or initials--what type of tag do I use? I
know I can make any of the name variations a primary name, but it doesn't
seem right to use the nick name tag. My brother is Carl, Jr. but has always
been known as 'Hap'--a true nick name, unlike James Alvin going by Alvin.
Surely someone has had to deal with this before. What tag did you use?
Thanks, Kaye

Kaye Wykoff


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