Name for stillborn child?

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I was looking for sources for Burkins-15 and ran across a Pennsylvania death certificate. on for David E Burkins.  It turned out to be for a stillborn son.  The actual certificate has no given name for him, but since it was indexed with his father's name, I went ahead and created his profile using that name.  I'm not sure it's a good idea, but since his father had no other sons David and obviously the child would never have a spouse or children I don't see that it can create a problem.  Anybody have any opinion on whether I should change the name or not?
WikiTree profile: David Burkins
asked in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+8 votes
Best answer


Based on "Styles and Standards":

  • "If an infant died before he or she could be named, use Unnamed Infant. Do not use Infant BoyBaby Girl, etc. There is a gender field for this."


answered by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (398k points)
selected by Lindy Jones
Thanks, Rubén, I have a few of those I will need to add eventually, good to know the proper format. I need to remember to look there first.
You're welcome Deb.
+6 votes
I would just put 'Infant" in the first name field as, in truth. the child had no name. It's indexed under his father's name, not his. It is likely indexed under his mother's name as well.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (626k points)

Here is the marker for them and their son. 

David Elwood Burkins

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