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Re: Thoughts - Inititials versus given name

This tossed me for a loop doing research because someone wrote or reported a great uncle as J.R.. He started out as Roswell, somewhere in his life he became James R. and I saw R. James the next time I found him. His obituary had his birth in Pennsylvania while his death certificate says Ohio.

I found an article about him and his name was J.R. again. It may have to had to do with his profession or the groups with which he had membership.

I have often thought to start using R. and my middlename as I get older.

Is it possible that folks do it for professional reasons?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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