Ancestral Author

 

How to Capitalize Surnames

Ancestral Author has several options for controlling the capitalization of names in the PDF file. Which options to use will depend, obviously, on how names are to be capitalized in the PDF file; but they will also depend on how the names are stored in the GEDCOM file. Here is a simple guide for what settings to use.

The first and most important thing to note is that if the names are stored in the GEDCOM file exactly as you want them to appear in the output, then select the "As In GEDCOM" option. This is by far the best approach. However, if names are not stored in the GEDCOM exactly as you want them to appear in the output, then AA has a number of options.

1) If you want surnames to be capitalized:

Select the "Capitalize Surname" option. Make sure all other options are not checked.

This will work for the vast majority of users. However, if names are stored in capitalized form in the GEDCOM (e.g. JOHN ROBERT /SMITH/), then this option will result in the first and middle names being capitalized as well (since that's how they appear in the GEDCOM). In this case, check the "Make First/Middle Names Lowercase" option, in addition to the "Capitalize Surname" option.

2) If you want surnames to be lowercase:

Select the "Make Surname Lowercase" option. Make sure all other options are not checked.

As above, this will work for the vast majority of users. However, if first and middle names are stored in capitalized form in the GEDCOM, you should check the "Make First/Middle Names Lowercase" option, in addition to the "Capitalize Surname" option.

3) If you have Dutch surname prefixes (such as Van, Van Der, etc), and you want them to be lowercase:

First try: "As In GEDCOM". This will work fine if the capitalization in the GEDCOM is correct (e.g. Johan van der /Beer/).

However, if the capitalization in the GEDCOM is not as desired; then choose a surname capitalization option, either "Capitalize Surname" or "Make Surname Lowercase". This will be sufficient if the surname prefix is stored as part of the first and middle name in the GEDCOM (e.g. Johan van der /Beer/), AND is already capitalized as desired. No other capitalization options need be chosen.

However, if the surname prefix is stored with the surname in the GEDCOM file (e.g. JOHAN /VAN DER BEER/). Then it will be necessary to check the Surname Prefix "Lowercase" option.

Or, if the surname prefix is stored with the first name, but is not capitalized properly, then check the Surname Prefix "Lowercase" AND "Make First/Middle Names Lowercase" options.

If you don't know or care how the names are stored in the GEDCOM, then try the various options, and see which works:

  1. First, try "As In GEDCOM".

  2. Then, try "Capitalize Surname" or "Make Surname Lowercase".

  3. Then, try "Capitalize Surname" or "Make Surname Lowercase", and Surname Prefix "Lowercase".

  4. Then, try "Capitalize Surname" or "Make Surname Lowercase", Surname Prefix "Lowercase", and "Make First/Middle Names Lowercase".