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Old 29-11-19, 00:13
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Default Asterisks in Ancestry Trees?

I have noticed several trees, invariably American, where asterisks are added to surnames.

Is this a convention with a particular meaning?
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Old 29-11-19, 10:23
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I noticed that too and wonder if some are using that method to show their DNA matches perhaps.
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Here is an old ancestry thread about it:
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/boards/th...cestry.ancsite
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Old 29-11-19, 12:20
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Thanks, Kite!

So asterisks probably mean no independent research done. (Or, I lifted it, without questioning what asterisks meant)
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I use brackets around the married surname if I don't know the maiden name.
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I was using asterisks on my own tree for one particular line. I stopped working on it and when I returned I forgot what I had been doing so had to delete them all.

I've been reading comments on the FTM users group and they say that if a name is unknown to use 5 _ to denote the name. For some reason ancestry can deal with that but will search for other names as they are written and therefore wont find them.
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My sister-in-law used asterisks in her tree to indicate her direct ancestors.
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