Talk:World Archives Project: Rhode Island, Vital Extracts County Records, 1636-1850
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Extra Keying Helps
Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers
Do not key Jr in given or surname fields. Per keying guidelines: In cases where the name is listed as Rev. John Smith, or John Smith, Jr, and there is not a prefix or suffix field the name should be entered with John in the Given Name field and Smith in the Surname field, without either prefix or suffix.  -- Wiedwoman 21:35, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Do not key any ranks that may appear.
Please check that you have keyed the Event City if it appears at the top of the page. Even though the city name may appear only once on the image, if you miss it out of every record on the page, it could have a bad effect on your accuracy stats! --Katerimmer 12:05, 18 December 2012 (UTC). Also, some cities will appear just before the date in parenthesis, substitute that city name in these cases? --Hardcoal 18:17, 27 December 2012 (EST)
Questions and Answers
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Q: Double-dating: If a record has the following date, "Feb. 20, 1743-4," how would you key the year?
- Q: Since this is pre-1752 Quaker date, should this be the twelve month in the quaker year 1743 and 1744 in the calendar year? -- Wiedwoman 22:55, 27 December 2012 (UTC)
A: As far as I know, whenever one of these double years appears, we are keying the first year shown, regardless of whether it was a Quaker date or any other. This has been the same on many WAP projects but I will see if I can find if there has been an official confirmation of this. --Katerimmer 11:03, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
- A: Kate is correct. In the Church Records field help for year, which I can now see wasn't added for the County and Newspaper records, we ask that when a year range is given to key the first year. Annafechter 19:26, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Q: Copy from above: Are records, not stating the father and mother (i.e. "of William and Sarah"), but are directly below ones stating a father and mother of the same family? Therefore, would I just copy down the father and mother from above assuming the following record represents a child of that family until another mother and father are listed?
- A: Yes -- Wiedwoman 22:55, 27 December 2012 (UTC)
Q: On Births and deaths record, when a male is listed with birth and death info, followed by a female with 'his wife' and birth and / or death info, followed by children of the couple, should the spouse name be included with any of the birth and death entries, only the death entries, or neither? In the screenshot link, the wife has no death info listed. See Screenshot link.
- A: I would add the name of the wife with the birth info of the spouse. Then add her spouse to the line with her birth. -- Wiedwoman 15:50, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Q: When something is in parentheses after a name, as shown in the screenshot link, should it be entered as the Town or the maiden name. On the 1st entry, it looked like it was the maiden name, but the 2nd entry makes it look like it might be the town. This was found in the Scitaute, RI births and deaths records.
- A: This is the place that person was born (Providence). -- Wiedwoman 15:50, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
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