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This project will consist of keying images from Immigration and Naturalization Service records for Special Boards of Inquiry relating to arriving immigrants at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1893-1909. The Special Boards were convened to hear testimony of those immigrants whose entry status into the United States was questioned for a variety of reasons. We will be keying given and surnames, arrival day, month and year, the name of the ship which the immigrant arrived on, the nativity/origin of the immigrant, and their stated age, where given.
 
This project will consist of keying images from Immigration and Naturalization Service records for Special Boards of Inquiry relating to arriving immigrants at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1893-1909. The Special Boards were convened to hear testimony of those immigrants whose entry status into the United States was questioned for a variety of reasons. We will be keying given and surnames, arrival day, month and year, the name of the ship which the immigrant arrived on, the nativity/origin of the immigrant, and their stated age, where given.
 
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Mark an image with the form type of Image, No Data if it contains any of the National Archives Introduction to the Roll information, Roll content description, the Microfilm Series number, microfilm headers, National Archive Seal, or is a completely blank entry page.
 
Mark an image with the form type of Image, No Data if it contains any of the National Archives Introduction to the Roll information, Roll content description, the Microfilm Series number, microfilm headers, National Archive Seal, or is a completely blank entry page.
 
  
 
==Need help keying this project?==
 
==Need help keying this project?==

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About this project This project will consist of keying images from Immigration and Naturalization Service records for Special Boards of Inquiry relating to arriving immigrants at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1893-1909. The Special Boards were convened to hear testimony of those immigrants whose entry status into the United States was questioned for a variety of reasons. We will be keying given and surnames, arrival day, month and year, the name of the ship which the immigrant arrived on, the nativity/origin of the immigrant, and their stated age, where given.

This project is currently in Testing

This project is being tested at the moment and is not live for keying.

Project Instructions

Key each named arriving individual in a separate Arrival Record. Families or acquaintances traveling together will often be listed together in the same entry. Each should be keyed seperately and given their own Arrival Record. If an individual is only listed as the unnamed relation of a named person, for example, "John Smith and wife," only create an Arrival Record for John Smith, not for his unnamed wife. Where multiple dates occur on an entry, only key the first date.

Mark an image with the form type of Cover Page, Section Header, etc. if it is part of an immigration interview but contains no vital information. Also, mark ship arrival summaries, or documents submitted to the review boards- such as letters, telegrams, or other included documents- as Cover Page, Section Header, etc. This form type contains information which will be made available, but does not include any of the fields which we are keying for the project. Be sure to fully read through an image before marking it as Cover Page, Section Header, etc. to ensure it does not contain any of the vital data types we are keying for the project. If only the ship name and arrival date appear on a page, without an immigrant's name and nationality/origin, mark the image as Cover Page, Section Header, etc.

Mark an image with the form type of Image, No Data if it contains any of the National Archives Introduction to the Roll information, Roll content description, the Microfilm Series number, microfilm headers, National Archive Seal, or is a completely blank entry page.

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The Arrival Record will list the name, nationality or place of origin of the immigrant, and often their age at time of arrival in the United States. (Note that earlier entries in the collection do not always include an age.) The Arrival Record will also include the day, month, and year of arrival, as well as the name of the ship which brought the immigrant to Philadelphia. The earliest records are hand-written, while latter examples are typed. Also, the length of records will vary. Some, especially latter records, are very formalized, giving the vital information which we are keying, and a brief, one or two sentence description of the immigrant’s circumstances. Other records are multiple pages in length and consist of an extensive inquiry into the circumstances of the immigrant's arrival at the port, and possible reasons why they should not be admitted. The vital information keyers are looking for is most often found at the beginning of entries, but not always. If vital information is not found at the beginning of a record, keyers should read through the entry to see if it is found later in the record. Please note that due to the length of some of these transcripts, it is possible that no vital information will be found in the set of records which you receive. (For example, you might only receive the middle section of a multi-page interview.) Please read through the entirety of the set of records which you receive. If a subsequent portion of the set contains vital information of an arriving immigrant, begin keying there. If no vital information is found at all, mark the appropriate images as Cover Page, Section Header, etc, and try another set. Also, only create an Arrival Record for a named individual, not for individuals who only appear as an unnamed relation to an immigrant. For example, if "John Smith, wife, and three children" appear in the same record, only create an Arrival Record for John Smith, not the unnamed wife and children. Where multiple dates occure on an entry, only key the first date.

Arrival Month

The Month is the first element in the date of arrival. Key the three-letter abbreviation using the provided dictionary.
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Arrival Year

The Year is the third element in the date of arrival. Key the two or four digit year as seen. Sometimes the year will only be listed once at the top of the page, for all records on that page.
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Arrival Day

The Day is the second element in the date of arrival.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Ship Name

Key the name of the ship, using the dictionary provided to assist.  If the name of the ship does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. On early records the ship name often appears in the body of the record, often following the identifier S/S. Do not key the identifier, only the ship name. On later records, the ship name is located in the margins, or at the top of the page.
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Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Capture the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Age on Arrival

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.
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Nativity/Origin

This field can be either the arriving individual's stated country of origin, or ethinicity depending on what the recorder input. Use the provided dictionary to choose a country of origin. If a value is not in the dictionary, such as "Russian Lithuanian" then key as seen.
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Index

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Mark alphabetical or special indexes found in the records as an Index form type. No information will be keyed from these pages.