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Revision as of 15:14, 5 July 2016

Bastardy records from the Dorset Poor Law and Parish Records.

Project Overview

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Project Instructions At the time these records were created, children that were born out of wedlock became chargeable to the Parish in which they were born. The records in this project contain oaths stating who the father of the child was, summons requesting these fathers appear before the Justices of the Peace, Examinations of these fathers and orders that said fathers pay a set amount in support of the child.

What Names Should I Key? The purpose of this project is to key the mothers and fathers of the children born out of wedlock. Previously, the children contained in this project were keyed, which is why we are NOT currently keying the names of the children. Only the mother and father names should be keyed. These names may be identified by key words and phrases such as "of the body of," "The voluntary examination of," "hath lately been delivered of," "did beget, and is the Father of," "is charged to be the reputed father of" or something similar. Relatives, children and legal representatives should not be keyed. In addition to the mother and father names being captured, we are also keying the residence place of the mother and father, as well as the court date.

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


Record

DorsetBastRec Record.JPG

Choose the 'record' form type for images with names to key.

Record Keying Instructions

Court Day

Key the day from the court date as seen on the record.

Court date is the most recent date on the image and is typically found at the top of the record, though it may sometimes be recorded near the bottom.

Court Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the court date using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Court date is the most recent date on the image and is typically found at the top of the record, though it may sometimes be recorded near the bottom.

Court Year

Key the year from the court date as seen on the record.

Court date is the most recent date on the image and is typically found at the top of the record, though it may sometimes be recorded near the bottom. This date is often spelled out and will need converted into its proper 4 digit format.

Mother Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the mother as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Mother 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.

Mother name may be found before or after the following key words or phrases "of the body of," "born of the body of," "The voluntary examination of," "hath lately been delivered of" or something similar.

Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Mother name may be found before or after the following key words or phrases "of the body of," "born of the body of," "The voluntary examination of," "hath lately been delivered of" or something similar.

Mother Surname Alias

Occasionally an alternate surname may be recorded for an individual. The alias is usually preceded by the word "Otherwise," "Als" or something similar.

Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Mother Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III," following the surname of the mother as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Mother Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record.

Father residence place may be found after the key words or phrase "of," "of the parish of [ ] in the county of" or something similar.

Father Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

Father name may precede or follow the following key words or phrases- "to summon," "did beget, and is the Father of the said bastard child," "is the father of the said child," "is charged to be the reputed father of the said bastard child" or something similar.

Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Father name may precede or follow the following key words or phrases- "to summon," "did beget, and is the Father of the said bastard child," "is the father of the said child," "is charged to be the reputed father of the said bastard child" or something similar.

Father Surname Alias

Occasionally an alternate surname may be recorded for an individual. The alias is usually preceded by the word "Otherwise," "Als" or something similar.

Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Father Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record.

Father residence place may be found after the following key words or phrase "of," "of the parish of [ ] in the county of" or something similar.

Record Image Samples



Cover page, Section header, etc.

DorsetBastRec Capture 1.JPG

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 Sample



Image with no data



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.