Preferred naming conventions/approaches for family trees #general #records


I’m wondering about the preferred naming conventions or approaches for family trees. I primarily work on and Family Tree Maker. I guess the question is related to optimizing automatic search algorithms or making info easily accessible to searchers.


Q1. Married versus Maiden Name. Which makes most sense? Is there a best way to include both? If so, do they both go in the last name field? What about divorces?

When Ancestry searches for the married name as a maiden name, there are a lot of irrelevant results.

For example:


Pauline Weinberg (2nd marriage)

Pauline Shecter (1st marriage)

Ronia Ekeltzik (Belarusian passport)


Q2. How do you deal with name changes and alternate/variant spellings in family trees?


Julius Schiller (maybe original name S(w)erlin or Z(w)erlin)


Rebecca Schiller – maiden name Chanovitz (father’s last name is listed as Chasen. Various sibs/relatives are named Chasen, Chason, Chanovitt, Chanovitz.


Jeff Fine
Montclair, NJ, USA
Family names/towns
Sekuran, Bessarabia (Shecter, Eisenberg)
Igumen, Minsk, Belarus (Ekelchik, Sussman)
Minsk(?) (Fine, Z(w)erlin)
Poland, maybe Warsaw (Treistman)
Ulanow, Poland (Hassenfeld, Laufer, Reich, Ölbaum)

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