Talk:World Archives Project: Dorset, England, Quarter Session Order Books, 1625-1951

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Extra Keying Helps


Latin documents may be written in courthand, which is a wildly different style. There are samples here:

I have a sample here with a draft transcript.

This style has a number of unfortunate ambiguities:

  • i, m, n, and u are written as a series of identical strokes. The i is NOT dotted.
  • lk and w look identical
  • U , v and V are identical
  • I and J are identical.
  • C, G, E, and O, and Q are SIMILAR, but not the same.
  • B and D are similar.

It should also be noted that these documents are not true Latin, but "Latlish". As you will see phrases such as Junr, Senr, Esqr, laborer, yeoman, Single Woman, spinster, and so fourth.

Given names have been latinized. So William becomes Williamus, George becomes Georgius, Richard becomes Richardus, and on. Grammar matters to how given Names are written, Elizabetha may be written as Elizabetham, Thomas as Thomam, and so on. Key as Written.

Ux= Uxor = Wife of.

An Overline above a phrase is one form of abbreviation.

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

Questions and Answers

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Q: Only had a look at one of these image sets so far. Only locations I could see there referred to

1 the residence of the named individual (as in David Thomas of Cerne Abbas Bricklayer). Should I key Cerne Abbas as a location?


2 a reference to the appearance of the named individual at the last sessions at e.g. Bridport. Should I key that as location?


A: The Location is where the court took place. Typically this in in the margin. The Date is where the court session took place. If that cannot be determined, use the first date you encounter on the record.

I apologize for the delay, but I have just received Official confirmation on these. --Paulmd199 21:25, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Q: On one sheet I have a man listed twice consecutively, one noted as "No 1 for a Nusance" and the other as "No 2 for a Nusance". Should I list his name twice?

A: You may eliminate some duplicates. However you will probably want to limit the scope of that to within a few lines. As it becomes tedious to review and makes the keying error prone. If in doubt just key the name again. It will do no harm. --Paulmd199 21:25, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Q: The first page of this set is a list of jurors. I marked this one as Order Books No Names as I think the jurors are court officials.I would like to know if this is correct before I submit the file.

 Appreciate your answers. Thanks.

A: According to recent update by Anna Fechter, jurors are to be excluded. --Paulmd199 23:28, 7 December 2011 (UTC)