When to use "Formerly" Last Name

+5 votes
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I notice that when setting up my personal profile that there is the ability to provide a former last name but that would change my "id" to the former name.  Here is the scenario ... when my father came to Canada his last name was Ruger but shortly after I was born he legally changed it to Rueger because everyone was pronouncing it incorrectly (and often still do BTW). So officially I do have a former last name (Ruger) but for almost all of my life my last name has been Rueger.  So what is the best approach?  Note that this would also be true for the married name of my mother.  Thanks.
in WikiTree Help by Jeff Rueger G2G Rookie (280 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

3 Answers

+6 votes
Last name at birth Ruger.  Current last name Rueger.  Or just explain the spelling variation in the biography.
by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (633k points)
+5 votes
If you click on my ID you can see I've added Bateman (my surname before I married) as my 'other last name' my former last name is Batman (my birth name) my current married name is griffiths so it reads on my profile as Elizabeth Sian Griffiths formerly Batman AKA Bateman, preferred name Lizzie. Hope that helps! It means all spellings are captured!
by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
+1 vote
I think the way your fathers profile is recorded now - Rueger formerly Ruger - looks good to me.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (929k points)

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