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Indicating a Middle Name as the Common Familiar Name

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Author I would like to have a way to do this without repeating the name in another field
Posted Monday, August 08, 2016 - Post #37300
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Something that would be very nice to see in GenoProX is a way to indicate that a person uses a middle name as their common familiar name. I have a cousin and a friend who use their second names, and there have been others in my family in recent past generations who have done the same.

Using the Nickname field is an option, but it seems redundant to repeat the name. Ideally, there would be a checkbox indicating "uses middle name" that, when checked, causes the middle name to display in bold. This becomes a problem if the person has more than one middle name, but I have always been in favour of having two middle name fields in the first place.

If anyone else has thoughts on this, including alternate ways to implement it, please share them. I am quite certain that there are always better ways to do something than the first method I think of; this has come from years of practical experience. BigGrin


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Posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - Post #37302
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I am not sure if you are aware, but GenoProX will have a field named Root Name (suggested by Ron).  This field will act as the root family name to group individuals together in the reports.  In some cultures males and females of the same family have different family names, so the Root Name will make sure GenoPro recognizes them as part of the same family.

If I understand your suggestion is having a checkbox as an optimization to automatically fill the Root Name with the Middle Name.  Is that correct?
Posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - Post #37304
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My current recommendation for forenames for GenoproX is to have a just an array of 'forenames' with no immediate distinction of first, middle etc. but you will be able to specify 'preferred forename index' (0-9) to indicate which array element should be used as the preferred name.  An Individual can also have multiple names, each made up of forenames and lastnames.

There is also an existing mechanism in GenoPro 2011/2016 to highlight a particular name in the Narrative Report. The required name should be prefixed with a marker character. This is defined in Dictionary.xml as MarkerFirstName and by default is set to _ (underscore).


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Edited: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 by genome
Posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - Post #37305
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Re: GenoPro Support: Yes, you are understanding me correctly... although I really like the "forenames" array idea, and think that it would be an even better solution, largely because of the possibility of multiple middle names.

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Edited: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 by Jakk
Posted Friday, August 19, 2016 - Post #37339
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I'm sorry. Reading this again, ten days later, I realized that GenoProSupport and I misunderstood each other. My concern is with people who use a middle name as their primary given name; my use of the adjective "familiar" was a poor choice, because it implies "family"... of my many problems with the English language (and it's my only fluent language) is its tendency to (a) borrow root terms from other languages and (b) redefine words inconsistently.

Anyway, the thought occurs that using the nickname field for this works in most cases... *if* the middle name has a short form (and my examples here are all English): "Rick" for "Richard"; "Bob" or "Rob" for "Robert"; etc. However, it looks silly if the middle name used is one that cannot be shortened; for example, Simon or Scott. Having some way to indicate a middle name as the primary given name for everyday purposes (by whatever means, as suggested in my original post) would be nice. I do like genome's idea of the forename array and index; that may be the easiest way to handle this.


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Edited: Friday, August 19, 2016 by Jakk


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