What do you do when someone legally changes their name?

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What is the procedure when someone legally changes their name?  How does one maintain the history under the old name while reflecting the legal name change?


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in Genealogy Help by Richard Bruce Provost G2G1 (1.4k points)
I would add the LNAB (Last Name at Birth) and under the header within editing add the Current Last Name.

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Proper First Name

This field could also be called Formal First Name or First Name at Birth.

This is the formal given name that would appear in official documents.

If a person's name officially changed during their lifetime, this field should contain their first name at birth — unless their first name was officially changed soon after birth, e.g. with an infant adoption, or if the birth certificate was amended or corrected. You may want to put their first name at death in the Preferred First Name field but that field is not as formal. (See below). Either way, explain the name change in the biographical text.



by J Murray G2G6 Mach 3 (38.4k points)
selected by Richard Bruce Provost

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