We often need to use words like father, mother, grandfather, uncle when writing our family histories – but “When to capitalize?” is the question many ask.
Capitalize or not?
Choosing when to capitalize family titles can be tricky, but there is a simple way to get it right.
Capitalize words such as Father, Mother, Grandfather, Grandmother, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister when they are used in place of the person’s name. Do not capitalize them when they follow possessive pronouns such as my, his, her, our, or your, as in the following examples:
My father was a farmer in Scotland (not really).
It was in the Scottish Highlands that Father found his wife, my mother.
When returning from a potluck dinner, Father’s brother (my uncle) tripped over a log.
I asked Mother what she remembered about living in Scotland. She said, “Clouds.”
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