Talk:World Archives Project: Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1700-1850 (Part 2)
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Extra Keying Helps
Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers
From Part 1
Please remember that we do not key records where there is only a name/names and no date, nor do we key records that only have a date and no name/names
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.
Questions and Answers
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Click here to view the questions and answers from Part 1 of this project.
q: How would I key parents names "Paul Jr and Keziah Atkins"? Father given: Paul, Father surname:[blank], Suffix: Jr, Mothers given: Keziah, surname: Atkins? Or can I infer that because they are written together as a pair that both surnames can be Atkins?
- A: Incases where it is not clear of the same last name leave the field blank. See the project instructions "NOTE - We do not expect the (father/mother surname field to be populated very often. There will typically only be a given name listed for the surname, when present.".
Q: This is an intention record I came across: "[A] and [B], entered Nov 3rd and published Nov 6th 1836". Which should I use as the intention date?
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