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Subject: [DearMYRTLE] Re: Where to put "Junior" & "Senior"
Date: 24 Sep 2003 17:37:34 -0600
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Where to put "Junior" & "Senior" ?
Where to put "Jr" & "Sr" --- with the first name or the Surname? In Ancestry.com, if it is with the Surname, then the "Search" feature won't find the person unless you specifically search for Smith Jr, for example. Thanks for your help
Doing online searches by definition will require that you type the name several ways, with and without I, II, Jr. and Sr. Its just in the nature of databases and web page searches.
Your genealogy should list the item as follows:
Family Tree Maker:
Nathaniel Gist, Sr.
Nathaniel Gist, Jr.
PAF Personal Ancestral File
Nathaniel /Gist/, Sr.
Nathaniel /Gist/, Jr.
Name fields are no longer separated into three or four separate fields. In PAF, we see the two forward slashes designate the surname of the individual. From the HELP screen for PAF individual data entry we read:
"Type the individual's full name in the order that you would speak it.
Type suffixes, such as Junior, Senior, or III, after the surname."
Now we are given another challenge, note: Jr. becomes Junior according to their guidelines. Consistent data entry will make the resulting printouts from your genealogy database look well. But this alternative spelling for the designation of Jr./Junior and Sr./Senior serves to remind us of yet ANOTHER search parameter to use at Ancestry.com and elsewhere on the net.
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