Talk:World Archives Project: USHMM - Poland, Jews Displaced from Biała Podlaska to Mie̜dzyrzecz Podlaski, 1942
Extra Keying Helps
Stuff to watch for:
- Every so often the children will have a different surname (usually a spelling variant). Look inside the "Dzieci" header for a surname. That will apply specifically to the children.
Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers
- Over-reliance on the drop-down lists. The place name lists are missing most of the diacriticals. Do not trust them. A large proportion of the errors I see are omitting the ł in Biała.
- Not keying childrens' details in Dzieci box at bottom of page 1.
- Omitting records (we do key the crossed off children)
- Not keying as seen (no expanding abbreviations), key exactly as written, in exactly the amount of detail as written; don't forget the street address or province when it is present.
- However, we do omit periods (full stops)
- The yes/no questions. The directions for Military obligation, marital status, and child remarks should be read carefully. As the correct input depends on who the question pertains to. The three yes/no questions on page two should always be filled out.
- Nationality is NOT a yes/no question (key as seen)
- Roman numerals: some people have just been automatically replacing every roman numeral they find with the name of the month. That is not correct for the non-month fields. If the field wants plaintext, roman numerals should be keyed as seen.
- Omitting diacriticals
- Wrong diacriticals, the most common are below
|correct character||mistaken for|
|ł||t or l|
|ę (e-ogonek)||ȩ (e-cedilla) or g or j|
Questions and Answers
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How are roman numerals being keyed in plaintext fields as X11 or XII etc? For consistency can that info be added to the instructions please?
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