World Archives Project: Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 21

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This project contains the missing volume from the Dictionary of National Biography needed to complete the series.

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Project Instructions This project consists of one volume from the Dictionary of National Biography, a reference book on important figures from British history. The total collection contains information for about 60,000 men and women.

What Names Should I Key? Key the names of the individuals the biographies are primarily about. The names of their parents and spouses should also be captured, when available.

Biographies will often continue to multiple pages. The reason for the "advanced" difficulty rating is the necessity to read through the biographical information to capture the information wanted. Normally, the biographies are not too long and follow a similar format. Please continue to key fields that can reasonably assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image.

Project Form Types and Field Helps
Biography
Index
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data


Biography

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Mark an image as a 'Biography' if it contains the name of an individual profiled in the Dictionary of National Biography, or images where supporting fields having to do with the primary person are available. Please see image examples for further clarification.

Biography Keying Instructions

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Sir," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record. The name of the primary person will be the indented name found in all capital letters at the beginning of each new entry.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space. The name of the primary person will be the indented name found in all capital letters at the beginning of each new entry.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The name of the primary person will be the indented name found in all capital letters at the beginning of each new entry.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III," following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record. The name of the primary person will be the indented name found in all capital letters at the beginning of each new entry.

Birth Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the birth date. The birth date will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Born on" or something similar. Occasionally, no birthdate for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the birth year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Birth Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance. The birth date will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Born on" or something similar. Occasionally, no birthdate for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the birth year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Birth Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the birth date. The birth date will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Born on" or something similar. Occasionally, no birthdate for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the birth year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record. The birth place may include any combination of city, county, state, or country names. Inns, private residences, and other such locations should not be keyed. The birth place will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and will follow either the birthdate or the keywords "Born at" or something similar.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Father Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space. The name of the father of the primary person will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and may follow the keywords "Son of," "Daughter of," or something similar.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The name of the father of the primary person will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and may follow the keywords "Son of," "Daughter of," or something similar.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Mother Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space. The name of the mother of the primary person will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and may follow the keywords "Son of/daughter of [Father's Name] and his wife [Mother's Name]."

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The name of the mother of the primary person will typically appear early in the biographical entry, and may follow the keywords "Son of/daughter of [Father's Name] and his wife [Mother's Name]."

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials may be separated with periods, if periods are found on the image, but initials should otherwise be separated with a space. The name of the spouse may be found following the keywords "Married to," or following the names of the children of the primary person. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The name of the spouse may be found following the keywords "Married to," or following the names of the children of the primary person. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Marriage Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the marriage date. The marriage date may be found following the name of the spouse. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Marriage Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance. The marriage date may be found following the name of the spouse. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Marriage Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the birth date. The marriage date may be found following the name of the spouse. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Marriage Place

Key the marriage place as seen on the record. The marriage place may include any combination of city, county, state, or country names. Inns, private residences, and other such locations should not be keyed. The marriage place may be found following the name of the spouse. If multiple spouses are listed, ONLY key information pertaining to the first spouse that appears.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Death Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the death date. The death date will typically appear late in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Died on" or something similar. Occasionally, no death date for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the death year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Death Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided for assistance. The death date will typically appear late in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Died on" or something similar. Occasionally, no death date for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the death year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Death Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the death date. The death date will typically appear late in the biographical entry, and will follow the keywords "Died on" or something similar. Occasionally, no death date for an individual will be available on an image. In these instances, the death year may be keyed from the bracket next to the primary person's name. Question marks that may appear in date fields should not be keyed.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Death Place

Key the death place as seen on the record. The death place may include any combination of city, county, state, or country names. Inns, private residences, and other such locations should not be keyed. The death place may be found following the death date.

Note: Please continue to key fields that can reasonably be assumed to pertain to the primary person, even if the name of the primary person doesn't appear on the image. When this occurs, the surname, found in the header of the image, should be keyed. Please see the second image for an example of what this would look like.

Biography Image Samples



Index

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Images of an internal index. An Index usually contains names (often in alphabetical order) with a corresponding page number so as to find the individual listed. Some indexes have alphabetical tabs on the right or left margin.

Cover page, Section header, etc.

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Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Image Samples



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Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.