Wm or William?
Came across this again recently and just wanted to clarify.
Its not often I see names that are shortened, but this one seems to be the most common.
For example: Johnson, Wm. D
Is Wm, the name William? Ive always assumed it was. When I find this while indexing I usually just put Wm. as its written, but should I be listing it as William? I worry that a descendant might have a harder time looking for their relatives, if they are using the name William vs Wm, or will they?
And has anyone else found any other shortening of certain names, male or female? And what have you done in that case?