Talk:World Archives Project: Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1700-1850 (Part 2)

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Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers


Please remember that records of intentions of marriage should be treated the same as actual marriage records.

Please remember that we are not inferring anything on this project. If parents are listed as John and Mary, do not put in surnames of child as parents surnames.

The city listed in the header is the city the birth was registered in and not the birthplace of the child. Birthplace is typically shown following the word "b" or "in".

Records that do not have a given name should still be keyed with the surname and date listed.

Please remember to key the gender when there are indicators. On the other hand, please do not infer gender when there are no indicators.

Surname should be copied down to following records, until changed.

Keyers are taking the info in the brackets which may differ from the original info before the brackets. Based on the examples in the next section, the bracket information should only be used, if it is additional to the earlier information, such as middle name / initials, maiden name, or additional date information.

Birthplace should not be assumed unless stated. When a person is stated as 'of' a location, that means that is their residence on the date of the event, not necessarily their birthplace.