World Archives Project: California State Library WWI Soldier Death Announcements

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About this project This project consists primarily of newspaper clippings of the deaths of servicemen from 1918 to 1921.  The project difficulty level is Easy as the quality of clippings is good and the information to be captured is easy to find.

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Newspaper Clipping
Cross Reference Card

Newspaper Clipping

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This form type is for all the images on which appears a newspaper clipping and from which information will be captured.

Publication

Capture the Publication name. For example, "Oakland Tribune" and "San Francisco Examiner". Key as seen, even if the name is not written in its usual format. For example, if you see "Oakland, Cal. Enquirer", enter the name exactly as given, even though the newspaper is usually referred to as "Oakland Enquirer". (Keying the name exactly as seen is referring to the name, not punctuation, aka the instruction to not key periods is still valid. "Oakland, Cal. Enquirer" should be entered as "Oakland, Cal Enquirer".)
If there is more than one Publication, key only the first publication that appears.
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Publication Month

Capture the Publication Month using the provided drop-down list for assistance. Key the name of the month in full, even if listed in an abbreviated or numeric form.
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Publication Day

Capture the Publication Day.
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Publication Year

Capture the Publication Year.
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Soldier Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the drop-down list provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. Only the names of deceased soldiers should be keyed. If the same soldier name appears twice, or two articles about the same soldier are on the card, key only one record for the soldier but use both articles to capture the most legible and complete/full names as possible. If more than one soldier appears in the newspaper clipping then key each soldier as a unique record. Do NOT key ranks into the name fields.
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Soldier Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Capture the Surname using the drop-down list provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the drop-down list then key the surname as seen. Only the names of deceased soldiers should be keyed. If the same soldier name appears twice, or two articles about the same soldier are on the card, key only one record for the soldier but use both articles to capture the most legible and complete/full names as possible. If more than one soldier appears in the newspaper clipping then key each soldier as a unique record. Do NOT key ranks into the name fields.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.Do NOT key ranks into the name fields.
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Spouse Given

The Spouse Given is the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Spouse Given name using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a spouse given name does not appear in the dictionary then key the spouse given name as seen.
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Spouse Surname

Key the maiden name or otherwise specified surname of the spouse, when given. Use the provided dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the spouse surname as seen.
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Father Given

The Father Given is the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the father of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Using the drop-down list provided capture the Father Given. If the name does not appear in the drop-down list then key the name as seen.
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Father Surname

The Father Surname is the last name of the father of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Capture the Father Surname using the drop-down list provided. If a surname does not appear in the drop-down list then key the surname as seen.
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Mother Given

The Mother Given is the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the mother of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Using the drop-down list provided capture the Mother Given. If a name does not appear in the drop-down list then key the name as seen.
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Mother Surname

The Mother Surname is the last name of the mother of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Capture the Mother Surname using the drop-down list provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the drop-down list then key the name as seen.
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Death Month

Capture the Month of the death date using the provided drop-down list. Key the name of the month in full, even if abbreviated or written numerically in the article.
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Death Day

Capture the Day of the death date.
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Death Year

Capture the Year from the death date. 
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Age at Death

Capture the Age of the soldier at the time of death.
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Death Location

Capture the Death Location.
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Cross Reference Card

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This form type is for cross reference cards, which contain a name, the words "see under", and then another name.

Soldier Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the drop-down list provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. Key only the first name which precedes the "see under".
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Soldier Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Capture the Surname using the drop-down list provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the drop-down list then key the surname as seen. Key only the first name which precedes the "see under".
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.Do NOT key ranks into the name fields.
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