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Old 11-17-2017, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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My great grandmother used various first and last names. What name do I use to begin her profile? The one recorded in the census records when she was a child? What about a different surname that pops up on one occasion, relating to a power of attorney, but never again?

I'm also trying to figure out where to explain all of this ...
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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I had a g-grandmother who was married 3 times. I am not sure this is the rule, but I entered her information like this below under her name in Ancestry. I entered the last names chronologically from her marriage dates. I entered her first married name, then second, then third (first to the last). Oddly one of her last names is 2 words, so her very long name looks very strange. And I left out her maiden name and I do the same for other married female ancestors.

I do not have ancestors with known aliases, so for something more unusual in your case I would probably provide a known explanation under the story section of the ancestor. I might use asterisks at the beginning of the explanation or event regarding the name.

Example (not her real name)

First and Middle name
Margaret Catherine

Last Names
Smith Williams Johnson

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Old 11-17-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Most trees should allow you to add more than one name fact? You should record every name you find, but when picking the default/preferred name, I usually go by their birth name. If you don't have a birth or baptism record, I would use whatever name occurs the most often. Keep in mind that in history, name spellings were often a fluid thing. Before things like official birth certificates and social security existed, the concept of an "official name" didn't really exist either.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Ok, so I'll use the name that is recognized by the second cousins. In terms of surnames, there is what appears to be her father's last name, then my great grandfather's surname, then another surname that popped up while she was living with my great grandfather and then the surname she adopted after a recorded marriage. OTOH, I don't believe she is the biological daughter of my alleged great great grandfather, anyway.

I'm assuming that there is a place to put these additional notes on Ancestry.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Ok, so I'll use the name that is recognized by the second cousins. In terms of surnames, there is what appears to be her father's last name, then my great grandfather's surname, then another surname that popped up while she was living with my great grandfather and then the surname she adopted after a recorded marriage. OTOH, I don't believe she is the biological daughter of my alleged great great grandfather, anyway.

I'm assuming that there is a place to put these additional notes on Ancestry.
In Ancestry, you can just add additional name facts. The name fact doesn't have a description/details field if you want to add notes, but if you're adding a source citation to the name fact, the citation has a notes field (I think it's called "other information". You're also free to create a "story" in the gallery where you can leave notes, explanations, etc and attach the story to any fact.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Standard genealogy process is to list a woman by her full unmarried name. The marriages, where the spouse is known, is where the new last name turns up.

If the software you're using (or Ancestry.com) has an "also known as" choice, that's where you add the nicknames and other names known by.
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