Talk:World Archives Project: Virginia Vital Records

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Extra Keying Helps

When keying from the Virginia Gazette:

The date following each notice is the date of the newspaper in which the obituary appears. I said this on the Message Boards and WAP said to key it as date of death as shown in the Keying Examples.

Ult indicates death occurred in the month preceding the publication of the newspaper

Inst indicates death occurred during the month of publication

AEt means in the year of. Therefore, AEt 70 indicates a person was 69 years old, in their 70th year
- The online Oxford Living Dictionary says that it is an "abbreviation of Latin aetatis, genitive singular of aetas ‘age’", and all the other online and printed dictionaries I have looked at agree, so AEt 70 means age 70, not 69. --Katerimmer (talk) 02:34, 24 March 2017 (MDT)

Of this city refers to Richmond

- But surely we aren't supposed to key Richmond if it says "Of this city"? (See image sample no 8) --Katerimmer (talk) 02:29, 24 March 2017 (MDT)

The comments above were directly taken from the index for understanding the Virginia Gazette listings. Could not copy and paste here. Again I queried things with WAP and referred to Information printed on some of these Cover Pages. We were told to key as shown in Keying Examples only.

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers


Questions and Answers

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A couple things, I have a page similar to the image example File:Vnewr10.JPG , it is a church birth record. It just list the children with names and dates no gender . Below it the paragraphs about the family it gives the father two surnames example John Smith or John Carpenter, then each child that was listed on the birth record if mentioned below has the second surname attached to it. So do I ignore the infromation below? Key the spouse info given below and attach to the child with the first last name or?? --Scarletfern (talk) 21:23, 6 April 2017 (MDT)  

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I know there is probably no other way to capture all the varied data on these records - but 42 Fields!! Not so bad when you are keying but when Reviewing and there are around 60 records listed with about 5 fields keyed on each - that leaves an awful lot of blank fields that still have to be accepted. I'll leave you to do the Math! (why do you have to accept them? Just ignore them, cursor thru them and they will turn tan). Yes I do this to "accept" them but it still amounts to "accepting" a couple of thousand blank fields - I didn't mean you have to F7 each field!