I am indexing Italian birth records from the 1800s. In almost all cases the records include first and last names and the patronymic name. For example, the first name is "Maria", a last name is "Cosmi and the patronymic is "di Francesco" or "fu Francesco". (The patronymic was important to identify people since so many people had the same name!) I have been including the patronymic name but maybe I am not supposed to? Please let me know.
It would be beneficial to follow the project instructions of this project regarding on how to index the names and surnames, and it mentions about using patronymic names check the field help instructions also.
If you post the batch code of the project you are indexing we can take a look and guide you how to index them.0
There are instructions in several locations and regarding names I find they conflict - in one place it says you should write just the last name ( https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/images?fs-cache=true&key=idx-deepzoom-image&image=5fbb0b87-77f3-4fa7-9901-812727f17b75 ) but in another set of instructions it says you should write all the names. I did not see the instructions on patronymic names. Can you provide a link? Here is a batch I am working on for you to check: Italia (Antenati Italiani), La Spezia—Stato Civile, 1780–1865 [Parte B][M3LC-LH3]0
These are my findings Regarding names of children in the project instructions:
- Type a surname for a person only if it was written with the person's given names.
- Index only the names of the child or parents, do not index the names of other people who may have been mentioned in the document, such as extended relatives, a midwife, and so on.
In the field helps for surnames:
Type the surname as it was written. Do not correct misspellings or expand abbreviations.
Below are images from the project instruction and filed help for surnames, and can see what you mention about the word fu or di followed by another surname (patronimic) and they clearly indicate to index only one of their last names like Gabella, Ferrari or Cozani and not the the patronymic names.
Hope it helps.0
That does help....and makes things much easier to not have to include the patronyms. Thank you for helping me out! Mary0