Names are more complicated than you’d think.

Names are more complicated than you’d think. At least if you’re doing them right. Most genealogists I know don’t really understand much beyond their own cultural norms so they make a hash of others. This is an impressive article by someone who seems committed to finding the real answer. He had my heart when he quoted another genealogist who said, “There is no excuse for software that pretends 80% of the people in the world are wrong about their own names.”

Revised Sept. 22, 2021 to add link.

Annales School

“Under the leadership of Fernand Braudel and together with Georges Duby, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and Philippe Aries, Jacques le Goff worked his whole life to expand the inheritance of Marc Bloch and the Annales School in general. Part of this inheritance consisted of an emphatic resistance against the traditional history of politics as formed by heroes of a bygone time. Social, economical and cultural history were the mainstay of this tradition until the 80s, when the fashion for historical anthropology hit international academia. To say the least, biographies were for a long time considered anathema.”