Skip to content

Lars Eighner's Homepage


calumus meretrix et gladio innocentis

Names Of Persons

To work with the wiki some rules of genealogy writing have to be modified.

This is a general rule of genealogical writting: Persons should be referred to by their full name at birth so far as it is known. Shorter forms may used in additional references within an article that follows immediately. This applies to males, who may have a suffix such as Jr. at birth which they may drop or change later in life as well as females who adopt a spouse's name on marriage and adopted children of both sexes. If the birth name is known, it should always be used. Modifications necessary in this wiki are:

  • Wiki links do not work with periods, commas, apostrophes, or most other none alphanumeric characters within them.
  • Most names do not have these special characters, so a link can be made simply by putting the full birth name in double square brackets, so [[Laurence Vail Eighner]] looks like Laurence Vail Eighner when the wiki page is rendered. But [[Phillip O'Riley]] will not work and neither will [[Edmond Oswald Smythe, Jr.]]. Links to names such as these must be entered like [[Phillip O Riley | Phillip O'Riley]]. The part before the bar is name of the page linked to, and the part after the bar is how the link looks in text.
  • On pages linked to, the (:title:) directive is used to style the name properly, thus (:title Phillip O'Riley :). This must also be done for names with lowercase parts as the wiki capitalizes any letter that follows a space.

In general genealogical writing surnames are entered in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and in some record systems surnames are bracketed with /slashes/. Do not do this in the wiki. It is also common in books and articles about one family to omit the surname when it is that of subject family. This is not well suited to a wiki dealing with many families.

Unknown can be used if a given or surname is unknown. There is no point in making an entry if neither is known. Infant may be used as a given name for a child who survived only a short time. These entries may be helpful because sometimes the US Census asked the number of children born to each woman.

Living Persons

To create a link to a living person
Enter the person's full name as above in a hasherm directive such as (:hasherm Joe Blow:). When the page you are on is saved the first time a link to a page in the Living group will be created like Confidential Male in the saved page and like this when the page is edited: [[Living/dc7a49d70a7c0e55de4aa7ea0066ede0|Confidential Male]] .

The hasherf directive does the same thing but the text will read "Confidential Female." There is also hasher which just reads "Living." If you use the wrong hasher you can edit the text; it is just a convenience to have the do the text automatically.

The hasherm and hasherf directive create links to pages in the Living group with a Name that is a one-way code for the person name. One-way means there is no way to decode page name to recover the person name from the page name. Neither you (if you forget) nor the webmaster can discover what person name you entered, although if use the hasherm or hasherf directive again with exactly the same person name (including spacing) you should get a link to the same page in the Living group.

Title the Living page
Follow the link you created. Cancel the edit of this page and then select person template. Add a title directive like (:title Joe Blow :). Otherwise you may forget whose page this is supposed to be. Because hasher creates a long hexadecimal number for a page Name, it is not practical to keep track of page names in separate notes.
To link to pages in the Main group from a page in the Living group
Be sure to put Main/ in the link like [[Main/Laurence Vail Eighner]] .
To link to pages in the Living group from a page in the Living group
Use hasher to make links (like above) to create a link to another living person. Even though you are within the Living group and no one without a reader's password should be able to read the page, the subject of the page may give permission to have his or her page moved to the public area or may die. It will make moving the page to the public (Main) area easier if the links are already encoded.

Categories: Help for Contributors

Read or Post Comments

No comments yet.