Talk:World Archives Project: London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
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Q: The project instructions say to key every name on the page who isn't an official or magistrate. I keep running into employer names. Ex: Claimant's husband had a job as a livery hand under Mr So-and-So of X Parish but now he is ill and cannot work anymore. Do I key those employer names? They aren't really involved or of interest from a genealogical standpoint.
- A: Yes, we do key them. --Katerimmer 07:58, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
Q: Also, why the hell is '1828' an invalid entry for the 'event year' field? I have to F7 that field on every line and it's unnecessarily annoying.
- A: Yes, it's annoying. But we have to F7 because this is an alert to the keyer that what you're keying is 'not expected' in this field - in this instance - outside the specified range for the field 'year' (expected range is 1828-1930). --ColleenF789
Q: I've encountered a few records where the primary claimant is written "Elizabeth Williams properly Curry" or "Laura Curtis otherwise Simmons." From the context in the documents, I learned Elizabeth had married a Mr Williams and Curry was her maiden name and Laura was an illegitimate daughter of mother Curtis who married a Mr. Simmons and had adopted his last name. TL;DR - Which last name do I key when it's written like that, the first listed or the second?
- A: The Field Help for Surname does not give any guidance on this issue so refer to 'Keying Standards'. See http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=World_Archives_Keying_Standards#How_should_maiden_names_be_entered.3F This means key maiden name where this can be ascertained. --ColleenF789
Q: Are the record books dated correctly? Most of the records that I have been indexing are dated 1826-1827.
- A: There are a number of records outside the range specified. I've keyed quite a few from the 1780s and 1790s. --ColleenF789
Q: Should we index "unnamed unbaptized bastard" children? If so, how? (female/male Smith?) Then for all of the "bastard" children should we assume the named father or the unmarried mother? Thanks.
- A: As far as I know, if they are unnamed, we don't key them. --Katerimmer 22:57, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
Anna F: Could we have a ruling on this please? Often seen '... child named John aged 2 years and a male child unbaptised aged 1 year.' It seems that if the child hasn't been baptised the authorities don't recognise it. Some of the unbaptised children I've encountered are 'lawful issue' - and obviously have names, but these names haven't been recorded. --ColleenF789
The main indexing errors I am seeing at the moment (and much of this is down to not reading the keying instructions) are:
A lot of keyers are not reading the whole document and therefore are not keying all the names/ages shown.
A lot of keyers are showing removal documents as 'Image With No Data' where there is a date, Name of subject(s) and where they are being removed from. this should be shown as a document and the relevent data entered.
A lot of keyers are showing Shoreditch as the originating union/parish, but in a lot of cases the originating union is elsewhere, eg Saint Mary, Islington and the subject is being removed TO St Leonard Shoreditch. The keying instructions are misleading as the majority of entries I am currently reviewing refer to many different originating unions/parishes.
Q: Is there any list of the various Parishes and Unions that we should be looking for (I understand when it's clear, but what about some that are very long i.e., Hamlet of Mile End of Old Town)?
Q: I suspect I'm one of the keyers keying pages to image with no data when I'm not supposed to. The project directions say to only key documents related to settlement and removal. I took that to mean not to do the medical records. Also, a lot of pages are scans of envelopes. Do we key medical records and envelopes? I'm confused.
- A: If you see a document that contains names of individuals, family members then you should key these documents. A little bit difficult to visualise what you are calling medical records and envelopes, so if you could post a screen shot on the message board that would help. --ColleenF789
Q: Sometimes, a scan will have settlement documents for one claimant on the right side and a cover sheet for the previous case on the left side. Do we key both sets of names? The cover sheet on the left does not provide any information that a researcher would need to look at, just the claimant's name that would have been keyed on the previous pages.
- A: Yes, you should key all the names. --Katerimmer 07:56, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
Q: When I began working on this project, I would download the max 20 batches of records, and they were sequential. But recently the batches are scattered for all time periods. Is there any way to get them more sequential again?
- A:I don't really know the answer. But I suggest that some of the image sets you've encountered - bits and pieces, not sequential may be image sets that were (1) rejected previously or (2) time expired. --ColleenF789
Q: I know in reading the initial directions, we are not supposed to transcribe names of officials, does this include the physicians, and clerks when there are letters being sent? Or, in fact, the (2) guardians.
- A: I don't believe we need to key names of officials in letters etc. We are trying to capture the names of the individuals, family members, rather than clerks, doctors, guardians, magistrates, Justices etc.
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If you are keying in names and the NEXT page has the same names exactly but it is a different image ...is that classed as a duplicate image (because you have the data already from previous page) or do you still key in the same names again for the second image ?
- A: Duplicate image is only used when it is actually another copy of the same image, not just the same names on a different image. You should key them again. If you classed it as a duplicate image, it would not be included in the final database and researchers would not be able to view it. --Katerimmer 07:56, 27 November 2013 (UTC)