World Archives Project: Colonial Families in the US

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This collection contains a history and genealogy of colonial families of the United States of America.

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Project Instructions This collection contains a history and a genealogy of colonial families of the United States of America from the time of the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 to the Battle of Lexington in 1775.

Images are machine text and often in paragraph form. Every unique name should be keyed as a primary person with the exception of spouses. Spouses should be keyed into the spouse field.

Avoid keying duplicate entries. If you are unsure whether an entry is a duplicate, the entry may be keyed.

Project Form Types and Field Helps
Record
Index
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data


Record

ColonialFams Record.JPG

Choose the 'record' doctype for images where there are names to be keyed.

Record Keying Instructions

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space.

Important: Names will be found throughout the paragraphs. Every name should be keyed as a primary record with the exception of spouse. Spouses should be keyed into the spouse field.

Surname

Key the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Important: Names will be found throughout the paragraphs. Every name should be keyed as a primary record with the exception of spouse. Spouses should be keyed into the spouse field.

Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate given name may be recorded for an individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the word "nee." Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the alias of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space.

Maiden or Alias Name

Occasionally an alternate surname may be recorded for an individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for." or the words "nee" or "formerly." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III," following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Birth Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the birth date. Birth date may be found after the letter "b."

Birth Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Birth date may be found after the letter "b."

Birth Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the birth date. Birth date may be found after the letter "b."

Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record. Birth place may be found after the letter "b."

Marriage Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the marriage date. Marriage date may be found after the letter "m."

Marriage Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the marriage date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Marriage date may be found after the letter "m."

Marriage Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the marriage date. Marriage date may be found after the letter "m."

Marriage Place

Key the marriage place as seen on the record. Marriage place may be found after the letter "m."

Death Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the death date. Death date may be found after the letter "d."

Death Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Death date may be found after the letter "d."

Death Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the death date. Death date may be found after the letter "d."

Death Place

Key the death place as seen on the record. Death place may be found after the letter "d."

Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

The spouse name often follows the letter "m," the marriage date and/or marriage place or phrases such as "his wife," "her husband."

Please Note: When there is more than one spouse, please repeat (rekey) the name of the primary person. Multiple spouses are usually denoted with "m. (firstly)," "m. (secondly)," "m. (thirdly)" etc.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

The spouse name often follows the letter "m;" the marriage date and/or marriage place; phrases such as "his wife," "her husband."

Please Note: When there is more than one spouse, please repeat (rekey) the name of the primary person. Multiple spouses are usually denoted with "m. (firstly)," "m. (secondly)," "m. (thirdly)" etc.

Spouse Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate given name may be recorded for an individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the word "nee." Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the alias of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space.

Spouse Maiden or Alias Name

Occasionally an alternate surname may be recorded for an individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for." or the words "nee" or "formerly." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Birth Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the spouse birth date. Spouse birth date may be found after the spouse name and the letter "b."

Spouse Birth Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the spouse birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Spouse birth date may be found after the spouse name and the letter "b."

Spouse Birth Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the spouse birth date. Spouse birth date may be found after the spouse name and the letter "b."

Record Image Samples



Index

ColonialFams Index 1.JPG

Images of an internal index. An Index usually contains names (often in alphabetical order) with a corresponding page number so as to find the individual listed. Some indexes have alphabetical tabs on the right or left margin.

Cover page, Section header, etc.

ColonialFams Capture 1.JPG

Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Cover page Image Samples



Image with no data



Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.