I’ve been thinking about standardizing the names of various relatives again. This does not mean transcribing them that way from original records. One should never change the spelling of a name from how it is listed in a document.
But when I write about an ancestor or relative, which spelling should I use?
I’m thinking I should pick one rendering for each ancestor/relative and stick with it. It also seems reasonable to have some procedure to choose that name, although there will be exceptions to any rule.
My 3rd great-grandfather is referred to as George Trautvetter, John George Trautvetter, Johann George Trautvetter, etc. with most other variations leaving out the “e” in George. His son, who was known as Theodore Frederick Trautvetter was actually named Christian Theodore Frederick Trautvetter at birth. The name of Christian, which Theodore did not use was actually passed down in the family.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I think I need to start keeping a list of what name I have chosen to use when writing about an ancestor. Individual records should be transcribed as they are written, but I need to pick one name for Johann George Trautvetter when writing about him.