World Archives Project: Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop's Transcripts

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About this project This collection contains a portion of the Bishop's Transcripts (copies of parish register entries) that are located in Wells, England. It only includes records coming from parishes with names beginning with the letters A-Hi.

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Project Instructions This collection contains a portion of the Bishop's Transcripts (copies of parish register entries) that are located in Wells, England. It only includes records coming from parishes with names beginning with the letters A-Hi.

We will be keying name, gender, event date, parents, spouse and event type. The images are typed and easy to read. Some abbreviations are used in the images to indicate genders, etc. The wiki image samples can help in deciphering these abbreviations.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Transcripts
Index
Cover page, Section header, etc
Image with no data

Transcripts



Choose the "Transcripts" form type for images with names to be keyed.

Additional Image Samples

Event City

Key the event city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Event city may be found at the top of the image, typically above or to the left of the "Event Type." Some images may contain more than one event city. After keying the records for the first event city, add a new section and key the next event city.

Event Type

Key the event type using one of the following words:

Burial
Marriage
Christenings

Event Year

Key the year from the event date as seen on the record. Event year may be found near the top of the image and at the beginning of a new section of "Christenings," "Marriages," and "Burials." The year will usually be to the left of the "Event Type." Copy down the event year for each record until a new event year appears.

Event Month

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

Event Day

Key the day from the event date as seen on the record.

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. The primary name is the first name after the month and day.

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. The primary name is the first name after the month and day. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The primary name is the first name after the month and day. If the surname is blank and can be logically copied from either a parent or a spouse, key that surname.

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. The primary name is the first name after the month and day.

Alias Surname

Key any alias surname which appears. Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be found after the abbreviation "als." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The primary name is the first name after the month and day.

Gender

Key the gender in its full form using the dictionary provided for assistance. Gender may be determined by key words, such as "son of", "daughter of", etc., or by gender specific prefixes. In some cases "male" and "female" will appear next to a name.

For marriage records, key "Male" for the primary person and "Female" for the spouse unless the names suggest otherwise.

Parent 1 Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the first parent 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.

Parent 1 Surname

Key the surname of the first parent of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname is blank and can be logically copied from either a parent or a spouse, key that surname.

Parent 1 Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears. Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be found after the abbreviation "als." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Parent 2 Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the second parent 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.

Parent 2 Surname

Key the surname of the second parent of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname is blank and can be logically copied from either a parent or a spouse, key that surname.

Parent 2 Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears. Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be found after the abbreviation "als." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse 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.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname is blank and can be logically copied from either a parent or a spouse, key that surname.

Spouse Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears. Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be found after the abbreviation "als." Key the alias surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Keying Image Samples

Index



Choose the "Index" form type when the image is of an internal index. An Index usually contains names (often in alphabetical order) with a corresponding page number so as to find the individual listed. Some indexes have alphabetical tabs on the right or left margin.

Additional Image Sample

Cover page, Section header, etc



Use the "Cover page, Section header, etc” form type for images that do not contain data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide context for the image set. Example: historical notes, affidavits, etc.

Additional Image Samples

Image with no data



Use the “Image with no data” form type for images that do not contain data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. Example: An image containing a blank background.

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