Recommendations related to placement of notation for titles and filial relationships in the Arkansas Gravestones database are summarized below.
TITLES: † Titles such as Dr. and Rev. should follow the Given Name separated by a comma. Thus, for a minister by the name of John Doe, the AGP software displays the public view of this record as:John DOE, REV
FILIAL RELATIONSHIPS: † Filial relationships refer to designations that distinguish a child from his forebearer who has the same name (i.e., Jr., I, II, III, etc.). These designations are a part of the childís official or legal name and should appear on the surname line following the surname. Very often, perhaps most often, the parent will assume the designation, Sr. or I, to distinguish himself from the child; however, this designation is usually not an official part of this personís name. Nevertheless, notation for the senior person may be included in AGP records with its placement after the surname.
Thus, for a child by the name of John Doe who was the third in a line of persons with the same name, the AGP software displays the public view of this record as:
John DOE III
His father, of course, is John Doe II or John Doe, Jr.