I realy cannot understand why this has become an issue. I think and believe that the purpose to use maiden names in the genealogy especially in family trees are to connect / link the spouses family tree/s to those of her husbands and descedents That also makes it easer to trace ancestors of related family trees.
hallo mauritz verskoon tog. ek wil my boom ook "aan die kant maak"
ek sien nou eers al die goed, maar kon niks lees nie, eks te besig met werk. is dus dus net die afhaal van die getroude van van alle dames?
dis seker nie te moeilik nie, ek sal mar direk inprop by die server om dit te doen. dankie moedhou
Charmaine - This thread is about South African surnames only. - by the way, someone really should change the name of this thread title already.
You should keep doing whatever method you currently are using, but soon, "maiden name" field will be renamed "birth name" and there will be some sort of automated tool to switch the data for those Geni users still using data from old genealogical software that imported "maiden names" as "last names"
As a late-comer to reading this discussion, I just wanted to observe that some of the issues discussed (e.g.: use of married names vs birth names, and the capitalization of surnames, etc.) are argued almost solely from the viewpoint of "serious genealogy".
It is worth keeping in mind that there is an aspect of Geni which has to do with "social networking" -- i.e.: connecting living relatives. From that viewpoint, people want to search for and view names of living relatives as they are "commonly known by" -- and that may not be consistent with genealogical conventions.
Accuracy of data? Of course. But also anything that encourages the "casual genealogist" (which is virtually everyone with a Geni account, perhaps) to provide and maintain accurate information.
Noah Gregory Tutak Is it possible to remove this discussion now? Done and dusted?