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#41 Glenn

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:05 PM

QUOTE(Glenn @ Oct 30 2007, 04:31 PM) View Post
Then there are the friends and families of Christine Jorgensen (anybody remember her?) and more recently Dr. Renee Richards.

This is what I wrote over on FTM's Genealogy Software Board:
Re 2 separate individuals for Renée: I would start out with birth name (born Richard Raskind August 19, 1934, in New York City -- from Wikipedia), then add alternate name with the preferred box checked. In both FTM and RM, there is the drop-down box for Male, Female & Unknown.
But, to test your question for 2 individuals
Edit "test King" above to change name to Joseph King and to select Male from drop down box
(Displays "M" in family view)
Add "Jane King" Female as non-connected individual
("King" not a good surname to use with single letter given names! -- A King, C King)
Choose the female as the Primary Record
Click button "Merge duplicate into primary"
Error: sad.gif "The primary and duplicate records must be the same sex. "
This test is in RM. I haven't tested FTM.

So, c'mon Bruce, if it's not already programmed for V4 unsure.gif, give Renée's and Christine's family genealogists the wherewithall to create their whole family trees.


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#42 willemgrooters

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:09 AM

RM is not only used in the US, and that adds even more problems.

* Adminstrative organisations may differ, even be non-existant.
* Administartive organization may change - moving a place from one unit to the other, or parishes may be combined or split.
* Names may change if nationality changes (Pre-war german cities became Polish after the war)
* Names may change accoring the political standard (as seen in the former USSR - WE may know the Communist naming, but will our descendants do?)

If you add a place to a fact, you would also need to add some time-related context: Is this the name at the time the fact happened, or the name at the time the fact is recorded in the database ? In most cases, it won't matter that much, but in other, it would, and given this information, it is possible to (back)trace the right spot.

There is another twist: Languages may name a single place different. "Firenze' in Italy is called "Florence" in Ditch - and there are even more bizar differences. Adding the country limits the problem dramatically, but knowing the author's native language adds even more information...