First is Last and Last is First

When querying any database or searching any record, consider the possibility that a relative’s first and last names have been interchanged. Is the individual named Tinsley Johnson or Johnson Tinsley? Even where the first name is not usually used as a last name, it is always possible that someone entering data or enumerating a census inverts the two names. Individuals whose names are in a foreign language can easily be confused by clerks who are not familiar with that language.

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