Are there standards for names in family trees?

On Facebook, Randy Seaver started a discussion about: Are there standards for names in family trees? He was mainly interested in cleaning up his database in the Family Tree Maker software program. Go here: http://bit.ly/kMc5x to read the responses, including my comment. I may write a lengthier post on this subject later, when I have more time. It’s a debate genealogists have been having for as long as I can remember, and the answer usually boils down to the best standard is the one that works best for you, and is clear to those who will read your research, both now and in the future. Just something to ponder.

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