Talk:World Archives Project: Schedules of Special Census of Indians, 1880

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Q: In keying data from the Schedule of Special Census of Indians, I have found 2 instances in which the response on the record is not appropriate to the field prompt:

1. in the field ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, OR OTHER NAME HABITUALLY USED, the name for a woman with an INDIAN NAME is "Mrs. Jake." "Mrs." doesn't seem appropriate to be keyed as a Given Name although "Jake" does match the given name for other family members.  How should I key the Given name for "Mrs. Jake?"
A: I cannot tell you what is "right" in this circumstance, but I will share some observations in from the keying of the Washington Indians. What often happens when an Indian adopts a White name, it is often only his given name, but his wife and descendants keep it as a surname and pass it down. Thus there were surnames Like "Jimmy" amongst the Washington Indians. My best guess is that Mrs Jake is the husband of a man whose GIVEN name was Jake. I believe that Jake is also the SURNAME of The wife, and maybe the kids. I cannot promise that a reviewer will see things this way. --Paulmd199 21:08, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
2. On the same record as in #1 above, a third person listed with the family has the word "single" entered into the RELATIONSHIP column of the image. Since "Single" is also the keyed response for the Marital Status field, how should I key the Relationship field."
A: Per recent addition to the keying standards, you would apply the response Single to marital status, and if the Relationship is not found elsewhere, leave it empty.

--Paulmd199 21:08, 25 October 2012 (UTC)