Shouldn't we go by maiden names only for married female ancestors?

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This is common genealogical practice, as far as I have known. It cuts down on clutter, makes identifying people easier, and simplifies naming conventions.
in WikiTree Tech by anonymous G2G6 Mach 1 (17.2k points)

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Hi Michael!  Thank you for joining us!  

We go around and around about this, but I think because of cultural differences around the world, we pretty much stick to the directions:

I am part of the group that feel:

  • the Last Name at Birth should be the surname one is born with, usually but not always, the father's surname.
  • the Current Last Name should be the surname we would expect to find on anyone's gravestone.
  • and Other Last Names should be any other surname a person uses during the course of his/her lifetime.  For women, this would include previous husbands' surnames and for men, this might include location notations such as "of Prudence Island".

It is nice when looking at a list of Smith women to see the maiden names in parentheses. It is very helpful when looking for matches or for a particular profile name.

Thank you for your question.  I hope you are having fun in the branches of our collaborative, worldwide!  smiley

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
selected by Lauren Conte

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