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Root Name for sorting/grouping by families

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Author Some culture use a different family name for a male and female, however both belong to the same family.
Posted Monday, July 20, 2015 - Post #35232
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Ron suggested to have a 'Root Name' for each individual.  By default, GenoProX will use the family name if the root name is not specified.  The Root name will be used to provide a reliable mechanism to sort (or group) individuals by family names.

Posted Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Post #35401
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I think it will work well with Slavic languages (Russian, Czech, etc.) but what about nordic ones where family name is (AFAIK)
a) in some inherited after mother (i know example or two in norway)
b) named just after father (i.e. Olafdottir - for girl, Olafson - for boy)

BTW, Russia still has thing called Отчество, patronymic name and some people are better known (at least locally) after that name then after last name... i.e. every Russian knows who Josif Visarionovič, or Vladimir Vladimirovič are..


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Posted Sunday, August 16, 2015 - Post #35405
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My proposal is that each individual can have one or more 'name sets' with each 'name set' comprising of one or more forenames, one or more last names and optionally a root name. There needs to be a way of indicating which of the forenames is normally used, e.g. via a 'preferred name' index, as sometimes it is not the first registered forename.  The sort order will be:  root name or last names, forenames, then date or birth.  Prefixed last names will need to be addressed e.g. Louis van Gaal I think should be sorted as Gaal, van, Louis


Multiple name sets will allow for cases where someone is or has been known by different names, e.g. some immigrants to the UK chose to 'Anglicise' their surname, some have names in more than one language, e.g. English and Hebrew, sometimes there are transcription errors when recording names and so documents can refer to the same individual via different names.  When multiple name sets are present then an index entry should be created for each one.

If there are any more suggestions now is the time to say whilst GenoProX is being developed. 


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