Guess at gender

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Dang, I've been coasting along, adding profiles and the last two days I've hit a bunch of folks that I'm not sure if they're a he or a she!!

I've hit Francis, Frances, Sydney, Omas and on and on ...

So, do you folks take a guess or just leave the 'gender' field blank? I'd guess that I need to leave it blank but I need to check ... thanks.
in The Tree House by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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To answer the question, yes if I can't make an educated guess, I would leave it blank. If there is a spouse, most times you can tell by the spouse's name
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Dale Byers
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I have a father and brother with the name Francis!!

In addition, I checked and "Francis" is known as a boy and "Frances" is known as a girl according to source:

Sydney is usually a boy's name but some girls have been named that too according to this source:
Suggestion on that one, maybe a census report would help identify sex...


Not sure of the name Omas though.
by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
Census is a good source but......  I've had some confused/lazy census takers that write faster than they think ...

I'd vote for 2 different census years as a convincing argument.
We have some friends who named their "surprise" daughter Sydney.  Surprise because their previous child, also a daughter, was 20 years old at the time.

In addition to Census reports, evenually a death certificate will turn up that would identify sex of person. Always good to keep looking for more sources before making a final determination for those not so obvious as to what sex they are. Marriage certificates, a google search for addresses if still alive, or any documentation from other family members or profiles related to individual may give a hint. (But still stand by my answer on "Francis" as being male). "Sydney" could be a person named after "Sydney" Australia!! 

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