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Also Known As Fact - Effects in FTM

Posted: 1377013114000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1377013183000

Using the "Also Known As" fact has effects in FTM in two places: 1) the index and 2) reports.

1) The index -

a) the PREFERRED aka can be included in quotes between the first and middle name of a person.
b) the PREFERRED aka can be included in the index as a separate entry (this will probably slow your program operation down.)

Other AKA facts that NOT preferred facts will have no impact on the index, whether in quotes or as a separate entry.

2) REPORTS

Using the Genealogy (register) Report, a name can have the PREFERRED aka in quotes in between the first and middle names in the opening paragraph of that person's "sketch".

NON-PREFERRED AKA's are presented in the "other facts" section (which can be a list or a paragraph) in a sentence as: WAS ALSO KNOWN AS

NON-PREFERRED NAMES are presented in the "other facts" section (which can be a list or a paragraph) in a sentence as: HE/SHE ALSO WENT BY THE NAME OF.."
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Effect on WorldConnect presentations.

Worldconnect will read gedcoms and present an index of all names, both preferred and not preferred, but no "also known as" names.
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As for myself, I gave up on FTM's complete compatibility to gedcom years ago. As Bruce Willis said at the end of his sketch in Pulp Fiction: "Zeb is dead, baby, Zeb is dead". That kind of sums up my feelings about gedcom.

So, I enter data with the primary priority of how that information will appear in FTM reports, not be compatible with gedcom.

I record nicknames and variations of a first name as aka. I rarely will put a surname as also known as. I record EVERY instance of a name that a person uses in their life, no matter how it is spelled - as a separate Name fact.

That's not to say my practice is right or wrong - I'm just throwing my practice out there.



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