Talk:World Archives Project: North Carolina, Native American Census, Selected Tribes, 1894-1913

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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

Tip: while we are not keying the names of the parents and grandparents, it may be worthwhile looking at them anyway, as they may be useful for deciphering the names of their children.

Two-word surnames

There are a few I know that are sometimes written as two words, and sometimes as one. I happen to know that they are surnames based on the context.

  • Big Meat
  • Little John
  • Standing Deer
  • Black Fox
  • Walking Stick
  • Standing Water

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

  • Inference of Gender; a name is not enough to Determine gender.
  • Indian names, an Indian name is very unlikely to be the same for every family member.

Questions and Answers

If you have a keying question that is not answered on the project page or in any of the information above, click “EDIT” and ask it here. (If you click on Rich Editor you won't have to worry about formatting your entry.) Then click “WATCH” at the top right on this page and you will be notified via email when an update has been made.

Parents and Grandparents

Q: With regards to the first series, there are the names of the parents and grandparents. Do you want these names keyed?

A: No, only the primary person, who was part of the census, should be keyed. Annafechter 04:11, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

English vs Indian name


Q: Do we determine which is which solely based on the COLUMN it was written in, or are we to determine which is which by how the name sounds?

I ask this because of a particular pattern that develops, in which an Indian name is used as a surname for his children.

You notice in this record that Sequahyah is written in the English column, not the Indian, and the daughter is named Nellie Sequahyah.

A: Yes, it should be based on the column you find it in - when there is not a column header stating which name it is use your best judgment.


Q: Is the Indian name field to only be used for Indian names, or may it be used as generic alias field if the situation arises? (I have no example at the moment)

A: The Indian name field should only have the Indian names keyed in it.



Q: Is it acceptable to use relationship as an indication of gender. Such as father, son, niece, nephew, wife, etc.?

Q: There is one other special case where it may be possible to determine gender without using the name on the head of household census. These are cases where the number of Males in a household is 0, which means the head of household is female; likewise when the number of females in a household is 0, it means the householder is male. Is acceptable to do so?

A: Thank you for contacting regarding how to determine the gender of the person on the record.
If the gender isn't specifically showing on the record for each individual with either an M or an F or by saying that they are Male or Female, please leave the box for the gender blank.
Best regards,
Customer Solutions Associate


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