Talk:World Archives Project: Tennessee, Early Land Registers

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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

I have transribed part of a record (I think I am 99% accurate - if you disagree post your corrections) to help with reading the handwriting. The names we would key are in orange text.

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

Keying only the name of the land owner and not keying all of the names found within the land record of adjacent or former land owners.


Names that should have been keyed and were not:
Stephen Wallis
A S Rogers
(Blank) Cunningham
(Blank) McCorrey
Hetty Lowell
Isham Rogers

I would include an asterisk with an attached note referencing the information you wish to inform the reader.

For those of you new to keying or keying documents before the 1900's, watch out for the long or double "s" within words/names which were written as what looks like a backwards "f" or "fs" or "p" (I've attached a few examples). "Jepe" or "Jefe" is often mistakenly keyed for "Jesse".


Questions and Answers

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Q:Does the instruction,  " Don't key the signatures at the end",  includes the signatures of the witnesses as well?

A: Yes, this includes all of the signatures at the bottom of the individual record.

Q: Question about TNLandKeyRecordKeySample1.jpg. Why is "Entry No. 20014" used as the warrant/grant number when a "Certificate Warrant No. 1166" is clearly identified as the warrant number on the very next line? "Entry No. 20014" is not identified as a grant or a warrant. After reading many of this type of register, it appears that these "entry" numbers may be requests at survey offices rather than warrant or grant numbers. Although the instructions say grant or warrant number, what information is needed; the first entry with "No." or the actual grant or warrant number?

Q: On West Tennessee plat surveys there does not appear to be a grant or survey number identified. Only a page number in the upper outside corner is visible. Should we use the page number as the grant number in order to differentiate between two surveys on the same image? If I leave the grant number empty, then there is no way tell where one survey record ends and the next begins. Also, I have the same question posted above. I have been keying the names of witnesses (who are often relatives or neighbors) and the surveyor's name. Should either or both of these NOT be keyed????

A: If there isn't a Grant no given on the record leave this field empty.

Q: Regarding same surveys referred to above, I've noticed that there is writing overtop of the original text at a 90 degree angle to the original text, and which includes dates and names. This text, however,is very difficult to read with the exception of the dates. I have not keyed this information along with the original survey record, since it is not clear to me what this respresents,and because the writing is difficult in most cases to read. Please provide guidance on this.

A: If you can read the names they should be entered.

Q: When starting to key the 1st page of my image set, it is clearly a continuation of another land grant from the page before. How do I key this section? Do I ignore it? If not, what information do I include for the grant number?.

A: Key what information is available. If a grant number isn't present leave that field empty.

Q: I have an image which specifies that the land surveyed was in two counties, Rutherford + Bedford. Should I double the number of records, entering everything once for each county? Put both counties in the county field? Use only the first county mentioned? Something else?.

A: If two counties are given enter them both in the County field separated with a comma.

Q: I have a number image that have names listed several times but with different Warrant and Grant numbers.  Do I still follow the instructions of not repeating names, even if each repeat has different information?

Q: Is there a preference when keying numbers if the document has both warrant and grant numbers written clearly?


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Question re: "Number of Entry"

The record set I current have is from a large book. The heading at the top of the page has the printed word BOOK, then the handwritten notation H & I II Dist. The headings on the page are Locator's Name, Page, Acres, Location, No. of Entry, Date of Entry. There are about 40 names on each side of the page.

My question is the heading "No. of Entry". These are 4 digit numbers which are not in any particular order. Would these be keyed as the Grant Number?