I’ve chosen to write today’s Family Tree Maker blog entry on surname tips.
As a general rule Family Tree Maker 2008 assumes the last word entered in the name field is the individual’s surname. However, it also recognizes many common surname prefixes. The development team has provided me with a list of those recognized prefixes. They include the following:
o’, d’, van, von, ver, st., saint, der, de, la, del, della, las, te, ten, ter, le, du, des, da, dos, da, le, detto, di, dit, du, in’t, lo, ‘t, te, tan, uit, den, uyt, vulgo
There are also instances where the prefix is not in Family Tree Maker’s recognized list. Additionally, an individual may have two surnames (Aguirre Chanquin). To ensure that muli-word surnames are not indexed incorrectly, users can insert a backward slash (\) before and after the surname.
“Maria Graciela \Aguirre Chanquin\”
The backslashes can also be used for individuals that do not have a surname.
“Running Bear\ \”
Please note that once entered, the backslashes do not appear. They are merely used to initially assign names appropriately as given names or surnames.
A user may want to record legal name changes like hyphenated surnames. This can be done by following these steps:
The “Also Known As” field in the FACTS list is also an appropriate place to enter surname variations.
Users that want to create a report of all individuals with the same surname can follow these steps:
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