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14 April 2015

Who Is Grandma?

When writing up any family history information (or identifying people on a photograph), avoid use of nouns like "Grandma," "Grandpa," and other nameless references that could refer to more than one person. If Grandma's name was Ida (Trautvetter) Neill, then use Ida (Trautvetter) Neill--Grandma Neill may make sense to you , but will it make sense to someone in 100 years?


  1. When I interview people about family members I ask them to use first names rather than family designations to keep it clear as to who they are talking about.

  2. And don't label pictures "Me and so-n-so."