Talk:World Archives Project: Australia Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-1997 (Part 1)

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Q: I have an engagement notice with the heading "Rickard - McIndoe". It then proceeds "Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Rickard ... and Mr. and Mrs. D. R. McIndoe ... the engagement of Anne and Ken." The other engagements listed all have indications that the bride's surname is first and the groom's is second. Do I follow in the same manner for this announcement? If not, how would I index this since their is no real indication of which names go with which person?
Q: Regarding the reviewer comment above, I don't see where we are only to key the right page publication year when an event year is missing. The project instructions read "Where the year is missing, the publication year at the top of the image should be keyed." My understanding is that could be the left page publication year, as well (although I would not make a separate section for that). Please clarify? Alphalioness72 (talk) 16:20, 2 September 2017 (MDT)
A: It was left over from the original launch of this project. I will delete it. --Katerimmer (talk) 02:57, 3 September 2017 (MDT)


Q: A death record lists the mother of the deceased as "Mrs. H. Barwise." I keyed "H. Barwise" in the father given/surname fields and "Mrs. Barwise" in the mother prefix/surname fields. I assumed this from the keying standards, where the initial belongs to the husband (however, the standards only include examples where both Mr. and Mrs. are present). Is what I keyed correct, or should it be inferred that the initial belongs to the mother as there is no mention of the father? Alphalioness72 (talk) 11:38, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
A: As far as I know, the mother would be keyed as Mrs H Barwise and the father left blank. How do we know that Mr Barwise wasn't a stepfather, for instance? Also, I understand that widows and divorcees would often be referred to by their own first name or initial rather than their deceased / ex-husband's. --Katerimmer (talk) 09:34, 5 September 2017 (MDT)


Q: Project instructions state that for birth and death records with a surname but no given name, a word or phrase describing the person can be keyed in that field. To clarify, this can be done in birth, death, obituary, funeral and memorial record types? Alphalioness72 (talk) 13:53, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
Q: How should "Bereavement Notices" be handled. They usually contain names but not dates, exp: Mrs Norma Creche wishes to thank.....on recent loss of husband, Keith"?

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