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Is there a convention for missing forenames?


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#1 popmorgangd

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 04:11 AM

If I am aware that a couple have for example three sons  but I don't know their names, I usually write son1, son2, son3 as their names.

Data cleaning doesn't seem to like that.

Is there a convention amongst genealogists for entering an unknown forename - or should it just be left blank?

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#2 TomH

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 06:36 AM

Some enter five or so underscores: "_____", or "Unknown". Your issue with Data Cleaning is probably the numeral - try "sonA", "sonB" instead. If that solves the issue, you can use global search & replace to convert your "son1" etc. 


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 02:03 PM

Thank you Tom.

I just thought there might be some formal convention of which I was unaware.

Sounds like there isn't!!

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