Say I have a person legally born (for example) as Harry William Smith, but he was known by everyone since his teenage years as Buddy. His father passed away when he was young and his mother remarried a Jones and he started using his step-father's surname. Prior to getting married, he legally changed his name to Harry William Jones changing just his surname but not his given names.
So he was born as Harry William Smith, died as Harry William Jones but was known as Buddy Jones from his teen-age years on. He has Buddy Jones recorded on his wedding certificate, obituary and headstone. Most of the records I find him in list him as Buddy Jones.
I see several possibilities to enter his given name:
- Harry William (Buddy)
- Harry William "Buddy"
- (Buddy) Harry William
- "Buddy" Harry William
- Buddy (Harry William)
- Buddy (born as Harry William)
and his Surname:
- Smith (Jones)
- (Smith) Jones
- Jones (born as Smith)
- Smith (changed to Jones)
Note: Online trees do not have a maiden name field for males.
How should I best include him in an online tree (e.g. Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc.) so that I both indicate his legal birth name but still attract the hints from his "Known As" given name and legally changed surname?