How to list my fathers birth name he was never adopted but used step fathers last name

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Birth name-Francis bryon Conrath

Went by step fathers last name - Waller

Which was then given as my birth name but my dad was never

Adopted so my real last should be Conrath this is the family I’m doing my geneolgy on
in WikiTree Help by Sheryl Conrath G2G Crew (400 points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
I have the same situation.  I legally changed my name to my step-father's name, so that would be the Current Last Name, Birth Name is Last Name at Birth.  When I married, that name goes into Other Last Names, but for a male, it would go in Current Last Name because that is what he goes by.

I have genealogy for my step-father, but my genealogy line follows the Birth Name, not the step-parent.  You stated he wasn't adopted, so that isn't a problem.  Your mother will have 2 husbands, so you can follow and add to your step-father's genealogy, also, if you want to.

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If Conrath is the name on his birth certificate, then that should be entered as the Last Name at Birth.  If he used Waller for the rest of his life, that would go in the Current Last Name field.  If he only used Waller for part of his life, then Waller would go in the “Other Last Names” field.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (281k points)
selected by Amelia Utting
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You will want to research your genetic family tree so put Conrath as last name at birth for your father; then you can enter Waller as "other last names" and can address the issue in his biography.

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by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (594k points)
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Adoption Template for anyone adopted.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Adopted_Child

Here is an example

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Plaisted-208

My grandfather was adopted and then used his LNAB as his middle name. The adopted family name should be in the current last name if not married or in Other Last Names.

You might like to take a look at this:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Adoptions_and_Multiple_Parents
by Kevin Conroy G2G6 Mach 6 (62.8k points)

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