World Archives Project: Minnesota, Indian Allotment Records

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About this project This collection contains land allotment records for Native Americans in Minnesota.

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Project Instructions
This collection contains land allotment records for Native Americans in Minnesota.

From these records we are keying the name of the applicant, the child's name, record date, gender, birth year, tribe, and age in 1889. Images will vary in what information is available.

All records will have a primary name that should be keyed. When an English name is given, it should be keyed in the name fields. If an Indian Name is given, it should be keyed in the Indian Name field. If only an Indian name is given it should still be keyed into the Indian Name field and the primary name fields should be left blank.

The record date is the date of application and will appear at the far left of the image. Dates should not be keyed from the remarks column.

Gender should only be keyed from images that state the gender of the individual and should not be inferred.

Birth Year and Age in 1889 will not appear on most images. Only key an age into the 'Age in 1889' for images that have an "Age in 1889" column. The birth year will typically only appear in the remarks column on images with this age column, and will usually only be for those born after 1889.

Images that only have names and page numbers should be classified as the "Index" form type.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Allotment Records
Index
Cover page, Section header, etc.
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Allotment Records

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Choose the "Allotment Records" form type when the image contains names that need to be keyed.

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Record Day

Key the day from the record date. The record date will typically be in the far left column, often titled "Date of Application." Do not key record dates from the "Remarks" column.

Record Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the record date using the dictionary provided to assist you. The record date will typically be in the far left column, often titled "Date of Application." Do not key record dates from the "Remarks" column.

Record Year

Key the year from the record date. The record date will typically be in the far left column, often titled "Date of Application." Do not key record dates from the "Remarks" column.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering the periods. The name of the applicant is the primary person of the record. The English name should be keyed into the name fields, and the Indian name into the Indian Name field. If no English name is given, then the Given and Surname field should be left blank.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. The name of the applicant is the primary person of the record. The English name should be keyed into the name fields, and the Indian name into the Indian Name field. If no English name is given, then the Given and Surname field should be left blank.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Indian Name

Key the Indian name as seen on the image, using the dictionary provided to assist you. If only an Indian name is given for a person, leave the given and surname fields blank.

Tribe

Key the tribe as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Child Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names from the child's name as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering the periods. When present, child name may be found in the column labeled "Name of Child." If only an Indian name is given for the child, the whole name should be keyed into the Child Given Field.

Child Surname

Key the surname from the child's name as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. When present, child name may be found in the column labeled "Name of Child." If only an Indian name is given for the child, the whole name should be keyed into the Child Given Field.

Gender

Key the gender in its full form using the dictionary provided to assist you. Only key gender when it is specifically stated for an individual. Often it will be a tick mark in a column. Key "Male" if there's a tick mark in the Male column and key "Female" when there's a tick mark in the Female column. Gender should not be inferred.

Age in 1889

Key the age from the "Age in 1889" column. Do no key an age if it does not appear in this column.

Birth Year

Key the birth year where available from the "Remarks" column. It will typically only appear for individuals born after 1889.

Keying Image Samples


Index

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Choose the "Index" form type when the image is of an internal index and contains only a name with a page number.

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.

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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.

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