You can use a another chosen name over in Australia as well, but on official documents it
would have to be your real name. In Jeans case, her person had their name changed by
deed poll, so that would be their real name. She was wondering how to insert that
persons name in her familytreemaker program. In the case of someone who was using say
Tom, but whose name was Patrick John such and such (I know someone who did this0, then it
would be appropiate to put the real name first then aka Tom. But for someone who has
legally changed their name and only known by that name from that point on, in my opinion,
that change should be respected by anyone who knows they had the change of name by deed
poll. From that point on, they wouldnt also be known as, surely, but formerly such and
such. It is a hard one really to know what to do.
I think most of us have come across family and searched high and low in civil Reg for them
but could never find them until one day you see their obit complete with real name and
name they were known by but had never really known their real name. I looked for my uncle
Peters birth certificate for years until one day I was told his name was Ronald Peter. I
dont know why he was called by his second name as I dont think there were any other
relatives named Ronald. makes it difficult some time. I was called by my own second name
for the first ten years of my life and my name changed to my baptism name of Edie as my
mother Edie died and my stepsister had her mothers name and like me she was always called
by her second name which happened to be the same as mine, so mine was changed at age ten.
My stepsister was 7.
From: Margaret Siudek via <nottsgen(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: Re: [NTT] Which surname to use
I am sure you are right, Meg.
In England, you can call yourself what you like (with the proviso you
stated about not having an intention to defraud) but sometimes it's
useful to have paper-proof of your name- as when you want to open a bank