We need a way to record alternative spellings of ancestors names (parentheses were useful for that)
I've noticed that parenthesis marks are no longer allowed in the fields where first and last names are listed. That is a major problem for me. I used parentheses in many records in my very extensive family tree to indicate different spellings of people's names. Now all those records have red exclamation marks next to them - and the system won't let me use parentheses in new records even though I NEED to do it.
Different spellings were common where my ancestors lived because due to historical events (borders changing), different languages were used to record people's life events. So, for example, a person was born with a surname spelled one way, but by the time they died, that surname was written in a different way. I would always write the original spelling first, and then put the altered, or alternative, spelling in parenthesis. That was very useful - because it helps locate additional records that may have later (non-original) spellings. (Sometimes it's even impossible to figure out which spelling is original, as multiple spellings of the same surname were used - so I would put the less common spelling in parens.)
Now that the system will not let me use parenthesis - how do I indicate alternative spellings? If I just write them side by side, it really looks silly - multiple very similar names. Why can't we use parenthesis? Could we still use them, but insert an empty space between the parenthesis sign and the person's name - so the system would not get confused by the parenthesis sign right next to the name?
What is the solution to this problem?