This the third post in the Alphabetic Filing series. In this post, we are going to discuss the rules when confusion arises in distinguishing first names and last names.
When it is impossible to distinguish which is the first name or the last name, or if there is confusion in the arrangement of the names, file in alphabetically as written. Consider the following examples.
In the listed names above, it is difficult to distinguish what which are the first names and the surnames. Therefore, we can assume that the second names are the surnames. Thus, when they are alphabetized, they are arranged as follows.
Answer to Exercise 1
Answer to Exercise 2
Answer to Exercise 3
That’s it for the third rule in alphabetizing. In the next post, we will learn how to file compound and hyphenated names.