Is it correct to have females listed as "First Name (Maiden name) Married name " format

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Just a question (probably very basic

Is it correct to have females listed as "First Name (Maiden 213surname name) Married name.

Is this the correct format.

Many thanks

WikiTree profile: Sophia Colverd
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When you create a profile for a married woman, just enter the data in the fields as listed.  The system will display the name properly, so you don't need to worry about format. 

Proper First Name:  enter first name

Last Name at Birth:  enter maiden name - list Unknown if you only know her married name

Current Last Name:  enter married name - only the most recent married name, if she was married more than once.  Additional married names shoud be listed in the Biography section, where you can add more details such as which children belong to each marriage.

You can look at my mother's profile to see an example of how it will display after you enter the data, and my grandmother's profile to see an example of how to handle a woman who was married more than once.

Hope this helps.

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
selected by Maggie N.
Excellent answer Star!  Upvote!
You only  have one spouse listed for your grandmother,you have her last name at death correctly listed, but except for the note in her biography, there is no inforation about her second husband.
You can list other married names in the Other Last Name(s) field as well.  I believe this makes those names searchable.

Thanks for adding information about the Other Last Name(s) field.  In addition to making the name searchable, it adds the aka names to the end, as it did for my grandmother -  Ethel Madeline Sorber formerly Thompson aka Kline.

As for my grandmother's second husband, I have not yet created a profile for him, so that's why he's not yet listed as a spouse.  I haven't forgotten him - it's just that I'm still cleaning up the family profiles that were created by my GEDCOM import last summer (I'm a slow typist!), so I was not planning to create more profiles until I finish that work.

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