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From: bob gillis <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Name Variations
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 17:03:15 -0400
Carol Simpson wrote:
> I think it is useful to add a Name-Var tag to each with the standard
> spelling that you have picked. You can make it non-printing, but this
> puts them all together in your Picklist, and you don't have to
> remember which spelling each one was using.
You can always sort the Pick List by given name and then search for
given + McM.
I can find my Reinhardt, Reynard, Rhynard people easily.
I add a Nam-Var TAg, usually non-printing for each form I find and use
it in the appropriate Tag.
> Another thing that I do is add one of my "Comments" source (or Terry's
> "Conclusions" source) to the primary name tag to explain the many
> variations of this name. It could say something like: "This branch of
> the family tree appears in various sources as McMEEKIN, McMECHIN,
> McMEICHAN, and McMEIKAN. Patrick is shown as McMEEKIN on the censuses
> of 1840, 1850, and 1870, and on the vital record of his marriage and
> each of his children. He appears as McMEICHAN on the 1860 and 1900
> censuses, and on his tombstone." This clearly explains that you are
> aware of the variations, alerts others to look for these spellings,
> and shows which records you found what name variations for this
> individual. If you chose to go with a standard name for all, you can
> also include a note to that effect: "I have opted to use McMECHIN as
> the standard spelling for this family line, although each individual
> may appear in sources with other spellings. <explain why you picked
> that one: most common, seemed to settle into that later in time,
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jeff Piper"
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 11:49 AM
> Subject: [TMG] Name Variations
>> A branch in my tree are called McMEIKIN which appears in various
>> record as McMEEKIN, McMECHIN, McMEICHAN, McMEIKAN and several others.
>> As a result this branch now appear in the list with a variety of
>> surnames. I have a similar problem with CUMMIN, CUMMINS, CUMMING,
>> I've thought of using a standard name for each but would have
>> problems, I think, when producing my website with SS.
>> Any thoughts or suggestions.
>> /Jeff Piper/
>> /Co. Durham/
>> /Land of the Prince Bishops /
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