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From: Terry Reigel <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Regarding married names
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:34:11 -0400
Rick Van Dusen wrote:
> I can see two options to creating a new name tag for each
> name variant:
> 1. Enter the name variant into an event tag, in the CD of
> the source where an alternative name is given.
> 2. Enter any source which gives a name variant into a
> source's CD within a common name tag (tag for primary or
> a common variant, listing also all "one-off" variants
> only in CDs of the respective sources).
> Only the former had occurred to me earlier, and as I
> think of it having understood (finally) what you do, I'm
> wondering if method 1 really puts the name variant in a
> place where it will ever be found or do any good.
I agree - putting name variations in citations for events doesn't work well - they are too hard to find. I think the two most useful options are to create a number of different Name Tags, each with citations, or create single Name Tag, and record the variations in the citations to that tag.
I prefer the latter because 1) I don't find myself checking out names that often, but when I do all the data is there, and 2) it produces much cleaner output, while still preserving the data.
> But really, it's not the event that is relevant, but the
> source. Yes, the name is found in the 1850 Census as
> Catherine Van Dusen, but that's really a name issue, not
> a Census issue; ...
> ...what we want to see is that Catherine
> Bovee was cited at least once as Catherine Van Dusen
> (which, btw, is good to know if you don't have other
> documentation that she was wife of Robert Van Deusen).
But that's a marriage issue, and should be cited in the marriage tag, seems to me.<g>