I’m wondering about the preferred naming conventions or approaches for family trees. I primarily work on Ancestry.com 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?
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.
Montclair, NJ, USA
Sekuran, Bessarabia (Shecter, Eisenberg)
Igumen, Minsk, Belarus (Ekelchik, Sussman)
Minsk(?) (Fine, Z(w)erlin)
Poland, maybe Warsaw (Treistman)
Ulanow, Poland (Hassenfeld, Laufer, Reich, Ölbaum)