expanding abbreviated names
It was my understanding that when I indexed a name, I was to make an exact letter by letter transcription. Then I reviewed someone else's indexing, and they had expanded abbreviations such as Geo., Jas., Wm., and Jno. into George, James, William, and John. The indexer even took it one step further and changed some nicknames such as Betty to Elizabeth. This struck close to home, as my mother was baptized with the name Betty (not Elizabeth), and I have an uncle baptized with the name Gene (not Eugene). I am pretty sure we are to transcribe nicknames exactly as given, but what about abbreviations?