How do you list a child who died at birth in your family tree?

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How do you list and unnamed child who died at birth or very young?
in Genealogy Help by Leah Tahiry G2G Rookie (290 points)

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Leah -

Under Name Fields in the Styles and Standards section of WikiTree Help (

"If an infant died before he or she could be named, use Unnamed Infant. Do not use Infant Boy, Baby Girl, etc. There is a gender field for this."

Additionally, you can enter a statement with more information in the Biography - i.e. "This male child was stillborn."

- Mike

by Michael Gabbard G2G6 Mach 1 (19.6k points)
selected by Jillaine Smith
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In my own database, I use "Stillborn" as the first name of a child that was born dead. "Unnamed" could work for a child that survived birth, but not for long. Just don't use "Unknown" which is reserved for those profiles where the name is not known but does exist... somewhere.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (817k points)
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If you know the date of birth/death, put both in their respective fields, and then add a note stating details (stillborn, died at birth, died after 3 hours, etc.) if you know them.
by Jennifer Neill G2G Rookie (290 points)

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