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Re: Entering Hispanic surnames in PAF 4.0
Posted by: Ricardo diaz (ID *****6718) Date: January 10, 2003 at 14:17:17
In Reply to: Re: Entering Hispanic surnames in PAF 4.0 by Brian Cooper of 4837

I have been overcoming the PAF name limitations for years and have tried different ways to input the names so that they make sense and are handled properly in a database (sorting, searching, printing).

When it comes to my Spanish names, I have ended up doing the following as the best compromise:

Since each person has at least one first name and at least two surnames, then I use the first name and middle name fields as expected but put both last names in one field, no hyphen, just a space.

Example:

Ricardo Diaz Soto is inputted as
FN: Ricardo
LN: Diaz Soto

This facilitates entering the siblings for RDS but, more importantly, distinguishes him from Ricardo Diaz-Soto, which can be a surname in itself, especially for US emigres.
Having had to work do work arounds in other programs and having had to retype/correct many of my names many times because of programming limitations, I am not exactly eager to do it again but if there is an international standard that differs from my method, I don't know it.


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