Use of ** in prefix.

+13 votes
The db_error 512 Separators in first name brings up quite a few profiles with ** in the prefix field. Does anyone know a reason why this may be?

I've been removing it from open profiles without a manager, since it does not seem like a valid prefix to me, but more like something someone put in as a reminder for themselves that the profile needs attention. Which it obviously won't get if there isn't a manager anymore.
in Policy and Style by Joke van Veenendaal G2G6 Mach 3 (36.9k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry

2 Answers

+9 votes
Best answer
In my personal database, I use an Asterix * in the suffix field to designate the one child in a family who is my ancestor. This makes it easier to navigate. So I suspect whoever imported the Gedcom does something similar.

Certainly remove it, because it definitely doesn't belong there.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Joke van Veenendaal
ooh... that's a very interesting tip. hadn't thought of that.
+1 vote
I have not encountered that in the profiles I have worked on but I can see no reason not to remove it.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

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