Name for stillborn child?

+8 votes
178 views
I was looking for sources for Burkins-15 and ran across a Pennsylvania death certificate. on Ancestry.com 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
in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (405k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+10 votes
 
Best answer

Dave,

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."

(https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Name_Fields#Proper_First_Name)

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (628k 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.
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1m points)

Here is the marker for them and their son. 

David Elwood Burkins

Related questions

+12 votes
5 answers
176 views asked Jul 19, 2014 in The Tree House by Bill Sekel G2G6 Pilot (123k points)
+6 votes
2 answers
145 views asked Jun 25, 2017 in WikiTree Help by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 6 (62.9k points)
+10 votes
3 answers
+9 votes
1 answer
139 views asked Oct 22, 2017 in WikiTree Help by Bruce Donaldson G2G4 (4.2k points)
+12 votes
3 answers
+4 votes
2 answers
137 views asked Aug 16, 2017 in The Tree House by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 7 (77.8k points)
+4 votes
4 answers

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright

...