On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 9:12 PM, Robert Carlson <bobcarlson@...:
> Dear All,
> My grandmother's children thought her name was Lillian, but she was
> generally called Lilly, so in Gramps 2.2 I had her as Lillian with the
> Call_Name Lilly. In reports, the given name would be cited, followed by
> use of the Call_Name, e.g.: 111. Schmuck, Lillian. Lilly was born on 18 Apr
> 1880 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. She died on 12 Dec 1970 in Saginaw, Michigan
> at the age of 90 years. Lilly was the daughter of Schmuck, Fredrick K and
> Salfner, Catharina. She married Weber, Samuel on 20 Nov 1901.
> Well, I later learned that my grandmother's gravestone reads Lilly A. but
> that she had actually been baptized as Anna Lylia. She told the wife of a
> cousin of mine that she didn't like the name and informally changed it to
> Lilly Ann. So I changed the Given Name to Anna Lylia and the Called_Name to
> Lilly Ann, but when I ran a report in Gramps 3.0.4-1 (openSUSE 11.1, for
> which I see that 3.1.1-7 is now available), the Call_Name wasn't used.
> Having seen some messages about problems with some recent versions of
> Gramps 3.*, I would be a little leary of updating before I am sure that
> 3.1.1-7 won't give me heart burn, and if the way that the Given Names and
> Call_Names work hasn't changed anyhow, I am not sure that anything in the
> updated version would be important to me at this point. Whatever the case
> may be with that, what would be the more standard way of dealing with a name
> like that of my grandmother.
If you have waited this long, you might as well wait until 3.1.2, as it
fixes a few more things. But 3.1.1 is very good, and has work-arounds for
all known issues. In other words, your data is safe in either.
But it sounds like you can do what you want to do with 3.0. You can format
the names however you want. So, when you say that "the call_name wasn't
used" that is under your complete control.
>From the menu, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Display and click on the edit
button next to "Name format". There you can select a name format, or add
your own. My favorite is "Surname, Given (Call)" or when I am printing out a
calendar, I like "Surname, Common". Just click on Add, and enter those
formats in the Format column. Press Enter, then close, and then select your
new format from the list back on the Display Preferences page. Select Close,
and all names will appear as you have defined.
This hasn't changed between 3.0 and 3.1.
Hope that helps,
> Bob Carlson
> Note: Schmuck is German for jeweler; and the derogatory usage of the word
> derives from Yiddish..
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