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Coalition for the Standardization of Geni Naming Conventions – Examples and Test Cases

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Supporting project for Workshop being held on naming conventions.

Profiles linked here are examples and test cases and represent the naming conventions as defined. Functionality will be asked from Geni to provide a link to a Convention page on every profile that will take us to the details of a specific convention as sampled below.

Curators and Leaders in specific areas are invited to detail and add their conventions below in this template format.

BASE CONVENTION

Overall Status

  • Indicate your need for more analysis in order to support the establishment of a Base Convention here: Need more analysis to register support for BASE Current votes = 2
  • Indicate that you are not interested in establishing a Geni-wide Base Naming Convention here: Do not want to participate Current votes = 0
  • Ready to take part in establishing a Base Naming Convention? Go to the next step, FIELD 1 (below).

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 1 - First Name

Current suggestion for BASE CONVENTION is to list all given names in First Name field. Voting is now OPEN (choose one option):

OR

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 2 - Middle Name

Discussion is OPEN / Voting is OPEN. If current proposal for Field 1 is accepted then MIDDLE NAME is then free to be used for something else at LOCAL CONVENTION level; BASE would be BLANK:

OR

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 3 - Last Name

OPEN: Open discussion no votes yet

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 4 - Suffix

OPEN: Open discussion no votes yet

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 5 - Display Name

OPEN: Open discussion no votes yet Current Suggestion All names known as

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 6 - Birth Surname

OPEN: Name at Birth Current Suggestion is simply Name at Birth No Votes for or against

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 7 - Also Known As

BASE CONVENTION - FIELD 8 - About me

For more information, please see About me Cleanup. OPEN FOR VOTING:

OR

Local Conventions

NETHERLANDS

  • FIELD 1 - First Name
  • FIELD 2 - Middle
  • FIELD 3 - Last Name
  • FIELD 4 - Suffix
  • FIELD 5 - Display Name
  • FIELD 6 - Birth Surname
  • FIELD 7 - Also Known As
  • FIELD 8 - About me

The key issues here being...

  • How to handle multiple First Names
  • How to handle patronyms
  • How to handle titles (nobility, professions...)
  • How to handle name variants (latinized names, shortened names, nick names... *Married names is a non-issue because, from a legal and genealogical perspective they have no relevance in the Dutch language area.

Notes: Dutch-speaking users are discussing.

CROATIA

For more information, please see Croatian Portal. Proposed Local Conventions:

  • FIELD 1 - First Name: if person had more names all in the first name field
  • FIELD 3 - Last Name: should be written as they appear in Croatian (phonetic – with Croatian accents). If you have version of this surname from old church books written differently , it could be written under ‘nicknames’ or ‘about me’. For people that have changed their surname during their lifetime (for example after migrating to English speaking country should be written as follows: Surname they were born, then slash ‘/’, then the surname they use now or they have died with. For example: Joze/Joe Grubisic / Grubi , Marko / Mark Sevelj / Sevegl , Mara/Mary Pivac/Pivach. A number of families used to have 2 surnames to distinguish each clan in the family. If second family surname is known, it needs to be written, For example: Marko Lozica Barbaresko is different from Marko Lozica Buzolic
  • FIELD 5 - Display Name: maiden name always in brackets, For example Mara Sundic (?) or Mara Sundic (Nola)
  • FIELD 6 - Birth Surname: enter if known, otherwise ‘?’
  • Birthdate - if not known calculate approx 25-30 years from previous or next generation and enter it as circa – this is to avoid merging wrong people that might have same name and surname and parents with same names
  • Death -If we know that person died young but don’t know when ‘add picture ‘died young’
  • Places - Should refer to current Croatian borders, not what it used to be (no Yugoslavia, Austria, Austro-Hungary, Italy and so on). Historical accuracy in terms of what the country used to be called is a sensitive issue in Croatia, as the country was ruled by numerous rulers from other parts of the world.