Talk:World Archives Project: California, Biographical Index Cards, 1890-1950

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Feel free to add to or edit information in this discussion tab as necessary. Please take time to become familiar with the General Keying Standards and be sure to read all instructions on the main project page. (Please note that in case of a discrepancy, project level instructions always trump general keying standards.) 

Extra Keying Helps


     1.  No periods, ever.

     2.  Use commas if seen

     3.  Use hypens and apostrophes in names, if seen

     4.  No semi-colons in this project

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

1.  When using Consecutive Index Card Form 3, be sure to key the word "Back"

2.  Please key both city and state in location fields

3.  Watch for death information added by hand at bottom of card

4.  Double-check the forms - there are a lot of errors in  picking the wrong form

5.  If there is any handwriting on the card, it is not "Image with no data", but probably a consecutive card

Questions and Answers

If you have a keying question that is not answered on the project page or in any of the information above, click “EDIT” and ask it here. (If you click on Rich Editor you won't have to worry about formatting your entry.) Then click “WATCH” at the top right on this page and you will be notified via email when an update has been made.

NAMES AND ALIASES QUESTION:  The card says Bell, Jessie N, see Wallace, jessie N (Mrs. Dell Wallace).  Do I key all 3 names on 3 separate lines, or only use the first one?

      Answer:. The directions in the Field Help say to try to create the most complete looks like that would be Mrs Jesse N Bell Wallace -- efficiencypro 7/27/11 MAIDEN 

FORM 3 QUESTION:  Feeling stupid, but how do I tell the front from the back on these continuation cards?

     A: The front is usually a Biographical Card 1. You would have to see the card prior to know whether it is a Card Back or not. If you can't tell if it is the back or front leave the Card Side field empty.
Here is an example.
Annafechter13:11, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

LOCATION PUNCTUATION QUESTION: I know that periods should never be keyed but when keying location fields such as Birthplace, Marriage Location, etc... should other punctuation be keyed as seen (in most cases, commas) or with semicolons separating city and state?  In other words, would "Springfield, Ill." be keyed as "Springfield, Ill" or "Springfield; Ill" ?

    A: Key locations as seen, including commas if used.  Semicolons are not used in this project.  Periods are always omitted.   pwrand 7/28/11

DEATH LOCATION QUESTION: When keying the place of death, should the entirety of what is written be entered or only the city and/or state? For example, would "Soldier's Home Sawtelle Cal." be keyed as "Soldier's Home Sawtelle Cal" or just "Sawtelle Cal" ?

     A: Key just the city and state, and country if given and outside US - pwrand 7/28/11


ANOTHER DEATH QUESTION: If the birth and death dates are on the back of a card, what would you suggest?

     A: That's a question for WAP.  I'd be inclined to ignore the dates because there is no space on the Continuation template for them, but I'm not the official word.  pwrand 7/28/11