You know how you can list a lady under her married name and her maiden name shows on the main pages in brackets? An example might be my sister-in-law; when she was married to my brother her name showed in profiles and her 'personal card' thus; Elizabeth Stewart (Dodd), that is, Mrs. Stewart, born Dodd.
Okay, now they are divorced and she re-married. She is now Mrs. Durinck. I know I can list a former name in a hidden section of her card but I want it to show on the main card where everyone looking at the 'card' or profile will see it.
Thus; Elizabeth Durinck (formerly Stewart) ( born Dodd). With the possibility of entering more than one 'former name'.
The present system is useless because nobody sees the information!
Dear Athol Geoffrey,
Thanks for your post.
We currently do not have this for the same reasond Richard kindly wrote below: last names can get too long, although thank you for the suggestion.
If you would like to add this information to people on your tree I would recommend you to write it manually.
Please do not hesitate to contact us directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org for furhter comments or questions.
But your answer only asks another question; Why does it matter if last names (perhaps including former names) are long?
The information is important, and it is important that it be visible. And I have confidence that your programmers would not find it at all difficult. Have you asked your genealogists about this??? I would wager you have not.
And although one or perhaps two former names might frequently occur, VERY long names (including former names) would be quite unusual so should not be a problem for a properly set up system
A compromise might involve offspring for instance if a Miss Smith marries Mr Jones and changes her name to Jones they have a child then she remarries to a Mr Johnson and switches her name to Johnson and they have a child maybe when you are looking at each child the name the child was born under could show.