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From: Richard Brogger <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] punctuation
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 22:51:24 -0600
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A man in the Army was named R B Jones. Every time he put his name down
he would be instructed to put down his full name. Once he put down R
(only) B (only) Jones. The typed form came back with Ronly Bonly
Jones. The omission of punctuation can make a difference.

Richard Brogger

Cheri Casper wrote:
> One consideration with the omission of punctuation is the possibility for
> misinterpretation. For example, my husband's last name is Baz-Dresch.
> Where no punctuation is used in data entry, his name is entered as Baz
> Dresch; what subsequently spits out is that his last name is merely Dresch.
> Then the Baz often gets shortened to B. as if it were his middle initial.
> Thus his full name, John J. Baz-Dresch, often ends up John B. Dresch; so
> much so that it is a joke name around our house. My daughter has a similar
> problem. Her last name is Baz-Casper. I cannot count how much mail we have
> received addressed to Bazzine Casper. Now my brother-in-law legally had his
> middle name changed. It is no longer Rafael; it is just the initial "R"
> with no period. So personally I think distinction is called for.
> CheriC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barbara Wilson [mailto:]
> Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 6:07 PM
> To:
> Subject: [TMG] punctuation
> I work for the government and NO punctuation is used in any data entry
> whether it spits out
> mailing addresses or not. I'm so used to it, that it doesn't even cross my
> mind to enter periods in my
> genealogy data entry.

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