World Archives Project: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, St Peter's Cemetery Tombstones, 1857-2000

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About this project This collection contains digital images of 3,723 tombstones at St. Peter's Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  Many tombstones have at least 2 surnames and some larger stones have several sides with names and all are photographed as separate images.

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Project Instructions
This collection contains tombstone images from St Peter's Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Many tombstones have two surnames and some larger stones have names on several sides-all are photographed as separate images.

Many headstones contain the name of the deceased person and only their death date. Others are more complex and have the name of the deceased person, their birth and death dates, as well as the name of their parents. In some cases, there are multiple family members listed on the headstone. Any deceased persons should be recorded as separate records. Individuals still living should not be keyed.

When you encounter a tombstone where there are two names given (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

The surname may appear at a separate location from the given and middle names on the headstone and can also be the parents' surname.

There will be some images with parts of the headstone inscriptions blocked by obstructions such as grass, flowers or wreathes. Please attempt to key what is visible. When you can read only part of the name, or word, type ??, two question marks, in place of the illegible letters.


The majority of the images will be classified as "Headstone". There may be headstone images that are completely illegible--these should be classified as "Cover Page, Section Header, etc".

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

Headstone

File:St Peters Headstone 1.JPG

Choose the "Headstone" form type for images that contain a headstone. If the headstone image is complete illegible, the image should be classified as "Cover page, Section header, etc."

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. Values  such as "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as Given names. If "child of Peter Pan" appears, key the complete phrase into the given name field.

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. Values  such as "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as Given names. If "child of Peter Pan" appears, key the complete phrase into the given name field.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary, key as seen.The Surname may appear at a separate location from the given and middle names on the headstone and can also be the parents' surname.

Suffix

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

Death Month

Key the month in its the three-letter abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided. If no month appears in the death date, leave the month field blank.Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Death Day

Key the day from the death date. If no day appears in the death date, leave the day field blank.Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Death Year

Key the two or four digit number designated as the death year in the death date. The Year should be either two or four digits. If no year appears in the death date, leave the year field blank.Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Age at Death

Key the age at the time of death.  Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120" and fractions between "1/12" and "11/12". If an age includes years, months, and/or days key only the years. For example, if an age appears as 10 years, 7 months, key age as "10" If an age appears in months, such as 10 months, key age as a fraction: "10/12" If an Age includes years plus a fraction, such as 3 3/12, key only the year: "3." If the age is less than one month, key "0."

Birth Month

Key the month in its the three-letter abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided. If no month appears in the birth date, leave the month field blank.Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Birth Day

Key the birth day. If no day appears in the birth date, leave the day field blank.Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Birth Year

Key the two or four digit number designated as the birth year in the birth date. The Year must be either two or four digits. Generally, if there is only one date on the headstone, it will be the death date. If there are two dates, the first is the birth date and the second is the death date. For headstones with 2 or more persons (such as a married couple) and one of the individuals only has one date engraved, this is generally the birth date. In such cases as these, the individual with only a birth date is presumed still living and should not be keyed.

Gender

Key the Gender based on key words such as "daughter" or "son". Key "Male" for males and "Female" for females. If there is no indication of gender, do not key a gender.

Father Given

Key the given name of the father using the dictionary provided. If the name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.

Father Surname

The Father Surname is the last name of the father of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Key the Father Surname using the dictionary provided. If a surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.The Surname may appear at a separate location from the given and middle names on the headstone and can also be the parents' surname.

Mother Given

Key the given name of the mother using the dictionary provided. If the name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.

Mother Surname

The Mother Surname is the last name of the mother of the primary person to whom the record pertains. Key the Mother Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.The Surname may appear at a separate location from the given and middle names on the headstone and can also be the parents' surname.

Keying Image Samples

Multiple Records on a Headstone

Keying Examples



Cover page, Section header, etc.

File:St Peters Cemetery Cover Page 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 with no data

We are not expecting any of this form type to be in the collection. 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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