World Archives Project: Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847

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About this project This collection contains records from the great collection Famine Relief Commission, 1845–1847.

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Project Instructions
This collection contains records from the great collection Famine Relief Commission, 1845–1847. The temporary Relief Commission was established in November 1845 in response to the failure of the potato crop, to administer temporary relief supplementary to that provided by the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act, 1838. Letters relate to crop failures, studies on potatoes and conditions in various areas. They are mainly from local relief committees, lieutenants and deputy lieutenants of counties, local clergy, and concerned citizens.

The records are handwritten and fall into two categories or form types. The 'List' form type includes records where names are presented in a list. The 'Letter' form type includes images of letters that were sent that contain names to key.

Note: When keying letters, the keyer will be required to read or scan the letter in order to pick out names to key.

Note: Per example 1, do NOT key company names.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
List
Letter
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data

List

IrelandFamineRelief List.JPG

Chose the "List" form type for all images where names are presented in a list.

Keying Image Samples


Document Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the document date using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Document Day

Key the day from the document date as seen on the record. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Document Year

Key the year from the document date as seen on the record. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Parish

Key the parish as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the parish found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type. Parish is typically found after the words "Parish" or "Parishes of." If there are multiple parishes, key them separated with a comma.

County

Key the County as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the county found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type. County is typically found after the words "County of" or abbreviation "Co." If there are multiple counties, key them separated with a comma.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

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 should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Key each name found on the image on a separate record.

Surname

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

Key each name found on the image on a separate record.

Suffix

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

Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: All Saints, Southampton. When present, residence place will be found near the words or in the column labeled "Post Town."

Letter

IrelandFamineRelief Letter.JPG

Choose the "Letter" form type for images that are not a "List" but are in letter format and have names to key.

Keying Image Samples


Document Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the document date using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Document Day

Key the day from the document date as seen on the record. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Document Year

Key the year from the document date as seen on the record. When present, key the date found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type.

Parish

Key the parish as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the parish found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type. Parish is typically found after the words "Parish" or "Parishes of." If there are multiple parishes, key them separated with a comma.

County

Key the County as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. When present, key the county found in the header or footer of the letter or list form type. County is typically found after the words "County of" or abbreviation "Co." If there are multiple counties, key them separated with a comma.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

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 should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Key each name on the list on a separate record. Do not key the names of companies.

Surname

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

Key each name on the list on a separate record. Do not key the names of companies.

Suffix

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

Author

Key 'Y' if the person being keyed authored the letter. There may be multiple authors per letter. Do not key 'N' for persons who are NOT authors. The authors name is typically at the end of the letter.

Cover page, Section header, etc.

IrelandFamineRelief 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 Samples


Image with no data

IrelandFamineRelief Blank.JPG

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.