Proper use of prefix data field

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I have a couple of profiles where the prefix data field can be used. My question is should the prefix be spelled out or abbreviated? For Example Colonel vs Col., Captain vs Capt., and while I'm at it Jr vs Junior, Sr vs Senior.

I am currently going through profiles and changing USA to United States of America. Think I read somewhere in G2G that's how it should be done. So I may as well correct other mistakes as I go along.

Thanks
in Policy and Style by Nancy Landers G2G6 (9.9k points)
I don't like abbreviations but I think prefixes are an exception.  Also, I found I had a few relatives that were actually named Doctor when they were not real doctors, (just had that name).

Jr. and Sr. are suffixes.  And the guideline is to use only that which was their suffix at birth.  Therefore, it stands to reason that Sr. should preferably never be used in the data field but rather only in the biography.

Also, I like USA better than United States of America, UK as well (worldwide recognition).

1 Answer

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Hello, Nancy!

Abbreviations for titles appear to be okay, if not preferred (character limit). Here is the relevant link:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Name_Fields#Prefix

As for USA vs. United States of America, I am doing the opposite - changing TO USA!! But either way is fine for globally-recognized country name acronyms!!

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (217k points)
Thanks Lindy, going to read info on link.

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