Talk:World Archives Project: Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1960

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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

From the Project Instructions..."On images with "Employee Record" at the top of the form, the record date will need to be pulled from the "Date From" column. On these images, key only the last employment date that appears in either column. Date will be in month-day-year format."

On most of the images I've reviewed, the keyer has left the record month and day blank and marked the record year [Blank] instead of getting the date from the "Date From" column.

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers


Keying record and birth months-- September can be keyed as Sept as the instructions state to key the month as an abbreviation from the record date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Nothing is said about keying as a 3-character abbreviation.

The directions state, Key the year from the record date as seen on the record. Many keyers are expanding the 2-digit year to 4-digit year.

Waiting on Anna's decision whether or not to expand years from 2 to 4 digits. I will hold off reviewing til I know. --Wiedwoman 16:59, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
If you key 2 digits for the year in that field, it marks it for review. It appears that it's expecting 4 digits. That's why I've keyed 4 and assumed 4 digits to be correct when reviewing. - RayR

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.

Q: What should be done when the second page of the record is a continuation of the occupation list? Do I go back to the first page keyed and put the last occupation from the second page of the record? What should a back page of a card be categorized as?

A: We do not go back to fill in information that is shown on the next page. The occupation would be from the first page. If the back page does not have any information shown would be categorized as 'an image with no data'. --Wiedwoman 02:06, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Q; If there is information on the back page, what should it be categorized as?

A: If there is not a name to key it should be a cover page. --Wiedwoman 03:09, 4 December 2014 (UTC)


If both married and widower are marked how do we key it?

Suggestions/Additions

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