Does anyone know how to add a also-known-as name for a person?
I have some relatives that emigrate from Italy to US, and their names where translated (E.G. Vencenzo to Vincent, Edoardo to Edward)
alternate names can be added in the "other information" section
You could also change the name on the person's page. For alternate spellings, I would recommend using "or" between the variations of the name (in your example: "Edoardo or Edward")
DISCLAIMER: if you change the name of the person, it may prevent the engine, to an extent, from being able to provide record hints since the name of the person may not appear as the name appears in that person's record. To use your example again, if you change the person's name from Edoardo to Edward, as it appears in FS, it likely will not funnel record hints to you that contain the information on your ancestor because the computer may see "Edoardo ___" and "Edward ___" as two distinct people.
Familysearch queries are designed to go against Alternate names as recorded in the Others section - as well as the Primary name.
This is another reason that changes to names should be recorded in the alternate name area in the Other Information section.
@William Della Noce
Short Answer: As, an "Alternate Nane", in the "Other Information" Section.
Here is a "Knowledge Article" in 'FamilySearch':
How should I enter names in Family Tree?
I hope this helps.
I believe you mean "Family Tree queries", Dennis. If I use the Family Tree FIND function, it will "automatically" return the same details whichever name I use (main/display or alternate). However, this does not apply to results produced in the FamilySearch program, at familysearch.org/search, where the Alternate Name(s) need to be entered manually (in the fields recently added to the search page).
Yes indeed - I was referring to Tree FIND Queries - which go against the data in the collaborative tree.
It is there in the collaborative tree that the submitter of this question can enter alternate names ( as we all can) for a given person. With those names entered in as alternates - if anyone does queries against such names - they will show u in the query results.
However - the SEARCH (historical records) does NOT work this way - as it is going against a totally different database - which is based on how the name was indexed - which would have NOT been based on alternate names - but only on the exact name as it was read off of the original copy of the record in indexing.
The Historical records area is not based on what you or I enter in alternate names.
So when searching the Historical Records area - it is a good idea to search on common nicknames and name variants.
Thanks to all of you for take your time to answer.
I think Brett provide the best answer.