Talk:World Archives Project: Willamette, Oregon, Death Records, 1850-2006
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Extra Keying Helps
IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) should be listed as cemetery place.
Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers
Questions and Answers
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Q: I have a record with a 'Record of Funeral' date. Should this be keyed in the burial date fields or ignored? Record has 'Charge to W. H. Ritter'. Should this be keyed in the father field or ignored?
- A: I would record the date of funeral as the date of burial. The charge to W H Ritter should be ignored, unless it states he is the father. [example] -- Wiedwoman 02:47, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: Instructions for burial place state: If the value is not in the dictionary, key it in the cemetery field. For example, I just keyed 10 people who died/were buried in Pratum. Pratum is actually a community in Oregon but is not on the list of burial places. I entered them under cemetery because they weren't under Burial Places. Is this correct?
- A: Yes, this is correct. Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: Related to above question; If the value following "Inter:" is likely a funeral home as in... "Inter: Ship to Dunning & McEntee of Portland" I want to key the 'Burial Place' as Portland and leave the 'Cemetery' field blank. Is that correct or should the name of the funeral home be keyed as the Cemetery?
- A: In following the field helps, yes, you would enter Portland in the Burial Place field. Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Per Anna we are not to infer burial or cemetery place for these entries. -- Wiedwoman 19:21, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: I have an entry that lists an alternate name: NAME (NME) for example. Do I enter the surname just that way, or do I make two record entries, one for NAME and one for NME?
- A: Record only one entry for person. Since there is no alias fields the alias name with be disregarded. -- Wiedwoman 19:21, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
Q related to above: I have a case where the obit title is "Louise L (Franzen) McBride" where Franzen was her first husband and McBride her second so per the above would I just key her as Louise L McBride?
- A: that's how I would record it. -- Wiedwoman 22:09, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: OSH question. If person died at this location,(I think, Oregon State Hospital), can I extrapolate Place of Death as "Oregon"?
- A: I would say no. -- Wiedwoman 21:12, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: Do we key or skip entries like "Johnson, Minerva see Jessup, Minerva Johnson" ?
- A: I would skip entries like this. --Wiedwoman 22:09, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: If someone is a native of XXXX, is that keyed as the birth location?
- A: Yes, that is an alternative to the birth location.Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: If another person is listed on the head stone, do we assume they are husband/wife? I'm guessing not
- A: Generally, this can be assumed. I would take this case by case and use your best judgment. Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: For women, if the maiden name is obvious, so we key that as the surname or do we key her last married surname?
- A: I would key maiden name as surname. -- Wiedwoman 22:09, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
- Per the keying standards, "If there is not an Alias Surname field key only the maiden name in the Surname field." Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: I have come across a page of obits, the central one is outlined and many of the surrounding ones are cut off to the top and left - is the outlined obit the ONLY one to be keyed?
- A: Without seeing the image this is hard to say. Generally we say to key all that you can see on the image. Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
Q: If a burial is recorded as "today" or "this afternoon" do we key it as the publication date?
- A: Yes, if you can see the publication date and are reasonably sure about the date then yes, it could be used as the burial date. Annafechter 18:55, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
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