World Archives Project: Oklahoma, Indian and Pioneer Historical Collection and Index

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About this project This collection contains transcripts of oral histories collected from living witnesses about pioneer life in Oklahoma in the early twentieth century. The project was funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration project S-149) in 1937, in an effort to provide employment for persons on the relief rolls. A concerted effort was made to find individuals with "an intelligent conception of the work" and "a sense of historical values", but the collection was not complied by experts. For this reason, the quality of the complied material is diverse.

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Burial Page
Interview Page
Subsequent Burial Page
Subsequent Interview Page

Burial Page

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Choose the "Burial Page" form type for images with "Burial Ground Form" at the top in bold all capitol letters. This will be the first page in a "packet".

Cemetery

Key the cemetery name as seen on the record. Cemetery may be found on the line that says "Name (if any) of burial ground". Do not key the "Burial Place" into this field which is also on this line. Cemetery will usually be before the burial place and will often end in the word cemetery. Ex: Fairview Cemetery.
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Burial Place

Key the burial place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma. Burial place may be found on the line that says "Name (if any) of burial ground". Do not key the "Cemetery" into this field which is also on this line. Burial place will usually be after the cemetery.
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Interview Page

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Choose the "Interview Page" form type for the first page of a transcript, or for images with "Biography Form" in bold all capitol letters at the top. This will be the first page in a "packet".

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. The name of the person being interviewd may be found next to the words "Interview with", "Biography of", "Legend/Story by", "Name" or in the first or second paragraph of the interview.Other names, including those of family members may be found in the body of the text. Do not key the names of interviewers/field workers.
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Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The name of the person being interviewd may be found next to the words "Interview with", "Biography of", "Legend/Story by", "Name" or in the first or second paragraph of the interview.Other names, including those of family members may be found in the body of the text. Do not key the names of interviewers/field workers.
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Relationship

Key the relationship to the head of household as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Relationship is bieng keyed to help identify family relationships. Indicators such as "My father", "My daughter", "I was married to" will help identify which relationship to key.
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Interview Day

Key the day from the interview date as seen on the record. Interview date may be found next to the words "This report made on (date)" or often in the header of an image near the name of the interviewer/field worker.
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Interview Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the interview date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. Interview date may be found next to the words "This report made on (date)" or often in the header of an image near the name of the interviewer/field worker.
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Interview Year

Key the year from the interview date as seen on the record. Interview date may be found next to the words "This report made on (date)" or often in the header of an image near the name of the interviewer/field worker.
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Residence City

Key the residence city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Residence city may be found next to the words "Residence address (or location)". Do not key "Oklahoma" into this field. If there are multiple geographical locations seperate with a comma.
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Birth Day

Key the day from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Year

Key the year from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Grayson, Texas. Birth place may be found next to the words "Born", "Place of Birth" or in the body of the text such as "I was born".
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Subsequent Burial Page

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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. Name may be found at the begining of a burial stone transcription, or within the body of the text. See wiki image samples for clarification.
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Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name may be found at the begining of a burial stone transcription, or within the body of the text. See wiki image samples for clarification.
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Relationship

Key the relationship to the head of household as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Relationship is bieng keyed to help identify family relationships. Indicators such as "My father", "My daughter", "I was married to" will help identify which relationship to key.
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Birth Day

Key the day from the birth date as seen on the record.
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Birth Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the year from the birth date as seen on the record.
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Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Grayson, Texas
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Death Day

Key the day from the death date as seen on the record.
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Death Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen.
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Death Year

Key the year from the death date as seen on the record.
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Age at Death

Key the age as seen at the time the record was recorded using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, age may be found next to the word "Age" or "Aged" and should be a number between 1 and 120.
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Subsequent Interview Page

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Choose the "Subsequent Interview Page" form type for all addition pages in an interview "packet".

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. Names, including those of family members may be found in the body of the text. Do not key the names of interviewers/field workers.
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Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Names, including those of family members may be found in the body of the text. Do not key the names of interviewers/field workers.
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Relationship

Key the relationship to the head of household as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Relationship is bieng keyed to help identify family relationships. Indicators such as "My father", "My daughter", "I was married to" will help identify which relationship to key.
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Residence City

Key the residence city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Residence city may be found next to the words "Residence address (or location)". Do not key "Oklahoma" into this field. If there are multiple geographical locations seperate with a comma.
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Birth Day

Key the day from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Year

Key the year from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found next to the words "Born", "Date of Birth:" or by key words in the body of the text such as "I was born on".
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Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Grayson, Texas. Birth place may be found next to the words "Born", "Place of Birth" or in the body of the text such as "I was born".
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