Talk:World Archives Project: Dorset, England, Poor Law Settlement and Removal Records, 1682-1886

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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


Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers


The place of birth is not necessarily the last place of legal settlement.

Wife, son, daughter, singlewoman etc are NOT suffixes

Questions and Answers

Q:So I have come across a name Elizabeth Read alias Atkins.Do I ignore the alias ?

A: Yes. --Katerimmer (talk) 13:19, 11 May 2016 (MDT)

Q:An examinants details are recorded over 2 images.So the examinees age,birth place are on first image but a Master,examinants wife and children on next image.How to record details please.Thankyou

A: An "examinant" would be the person asking the questions, i.e. the examiner, so I am not sure why it would even mention his wife and children and they would not need to be keyed, but if you mean "examinee" then you would key the information from each image independently of the other images. --Katerimmer (talk) 15:53, 8 May 2016 (MDT)

Q: Yes that was my error. I meant to say the examinee. So,in keying the information on the 2nd image,as it does not mention the examinee,should I still infer his wifes surname the same as the examinee from the previous image and also the event information,or leave them blank ? [Sorry to be a nuisance]

A: You should leave them blank. --Katerimmer (talk) 01:39, 9 May 2016 (MDT)

Q:.I have come across an account of a deceased mans goods i.e Bedstead,White Shirts,Coats etc.How should I proceed please Seanbmc. Thankyou.

A: Cover Page. --Katerimmer (talk) 16:06, 5 May 2016 (MDT)

Q: Please can you confirm that the instruction "If the month appears as a number, key as seen." for Event Month in Documents and Registers is correct? --Katerimmer (talk) 04:30, 19 February 2016 (MST)

A: This instruction is erroneous and has been updated. Any numbers that may have been keyed will not affect post processing. Thank you. Seanbmc (talk) 10:15, 19 February 2016 (MST)

  Q: When we have a single person with his father listed and his employer as proof of where he came from,are we just keying the primary person or are we keying all names,apart from officials, as we usually do?

A: If you are asking about the Documents and Registers form type, then the instructions say "Key each name on the page as a unique record, excluding the names of clerks and other officials administering the documents." --Katerimmer (talk) 02:12, 15 March 2016 (MDT)

Q: Any chance of some indication of where keyers like me are making errors? Thanks. Normally there is a great deal more advice above on the errors we are making. .......

Q: Should we key or ignore bastardy orders, please? Given that child's name plus place and date of birth are often mentioned, also information on mother and presumed father. Thanks.Chrismw

A: The project instructions say 'Only key records relating to settlement, examination, removal and indenture. If you see any images relating to school records, registers of births or deaths, registers of inmates, etc. mark them as "Cover page, Section header, etc."' so bastardy orders would be classed as Cover Page. --Katerimmer (talk) 07:51, 28 April 2016 (MDT)
Thank you for swift response.

Q: Many of the records referring to the birth of bastard children start with "The examination of ..." Should these records be keyed?

A: As long as it is not a register of sorts where many children are listed, this may be keyed, i.e. if it is about one "situation" per image where the case of a "bastard child" is being examined.

Q: I'm confused regarding the last two responses re bastardy orders/examinations. The bastardy orders are also generally concerned with one child and its [supposed] parents. But we do not key these? Thanks. Chrismw..

A: The exception was made based on the word "Examination" and the formatting of the image as we are not keying any "Register" types of images. Thank you. Seanbmc (talk) 14:23, 25 May 2016 (MDT)

Thanks. These images though also refer only to one child or 'situation', as in response above: "this may be keyed, i.e. if it is about one "situation" per image". They are not registers, but refer to only one child. But we still don't key them, even though they refer to a single "situation"?

A: Yes, these are not keyed, as it is the "per image" instruction that matters for this project. At this time, we do not have permission to key any "registers" where multiple names appear on an image in "register" fashion, but we are able to key an image with a single instance as noted above. I hope this makes it more clear. Thank you. Seanbmc (talk) 09:48, 2 June 2016 (MDT)

Thanks. I'm referring - not to registers or lists of multiple names but to single situations about one child and one mother which do not start with 'examination. I don't have an image to send you. I shall therefore assume that - one 'bastard child' and mother per page means we do key them. Thanks.

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The instructions for age say to key the age "as seen" but in fact it has to be keyed according to the rules, often meaning it has to be converted to numeric form, so the phrase "as seen" should be removed from the instructions to avoid confusion. --Katerimmer (talk) 04:23, 19 February 2016 (MST)

A: This has been updated. Thank you. Seanbmc (talk) 10:15, 19 February 2016 (MST)