Talk:World Archives Project: West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
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Question: I understand that we do not key jurors. I have an image where a named person was called "but not sworn" (and therefore, presumably, is NOT a juror). Do I key him? [I vote yes.] --Collier Smith 19:18, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Question: should I be counting lines? Should names be entered according to what line in the text they appear? (Where lines with no names would be left blank.)
- A: As a general rule we do not need to account for blank lines. --Paulmd199 00:58, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Question: When the only date given is in the form of years of a Monarchs reign, e.g in the 10th year of Queen Victoria's reign, should we look it up and put in 1848 in this case or just leave it blank? twomacks133
- A: I always look it up (google "regnal years henry viii" for a very complete example). --Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Question: Should I enter names when prosecutions have been discharged?
- A: I would enter every name that is not a judge, juror, witness, or committee/commission member, as stated in the keying help for names. That means I do key prosecutors and lawyers (unlike similar projects that do NOT key these). (I also omit high-level officials, such as Mayors, King, Ministry Secretaries, etc.) --Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Question; When a family is being removed from one Poor Law jurisdiction to another what do we do about listings when Fathers name is given but his wife and children have no names listed.Do we just key the fathers name and ignore the others or enter the others as blank first name and fathers surname or with child as first name?
Q: When the Court is ruling on the upkeep of Bridges and Roads, do we call it a cover sheet or should we be keying names from it e.g the names given as landowners?
- A: I would enter every name that is not a judge, juror, witness, committee/commission member, or high official. If the landowner is not shown to also be in one of these categories, key him/her. --Collier Smith 19:19, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
Q: Should we be entering the names of the Coroners who are being paid by Order of the Court? twomacks133
- A: Yes, I would key every name that is not one of the categories mentioned above to be omitted.--Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Q: I have some older pages in Latin that contain quite a number of names, and I cannot determine whether they are magistrates, jurors, witnesses, etc. Am I correct in entering them all? rmhirst
- A: I would enter them on the grounds that you aren't penalized if someone takes them out on review. --Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Q. I have an image with 'Orders' on - dated with the names of those sentenced (found guilty) - i.e. not witness,es officers, jurors, etc. There are no names in the margins. Should these names be keyed?
- A: Yes. --Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
NOTE: I have answered these to the best of my knowledge, but I would appreciate a more authoritative figure to step in and give some official guidance, especially if I have erred. --Collier Smith 23:53, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Q: If a record continues over onto the next image, and the names are repeated on the second image, do I key them again? (I couldn't find anything in the help on how to key records that start on one image and finish on another.)
- A: Key each image as if you had no knowledge of prior or subsequent images, except where the other image is an EXACT DUPLICATE. --Collier Smith 19:19, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
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- I would like to know why we are instructed to omit lawyers (and prosecutors) on the Dorset Quarter Sessions project, but not similarly instructed on the Yorkshire Q. S. project? They are essentially the same kind of project, with identical keying forms. Having conflicting instructions is confusing to those of us who are keying both. While "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," [Emerson] sometimes inconsistency is unnecessarily inefficient. --Collier Smith 20:58, 3 January 2014 (UTC)