World Archives Project: West Yorkshire, Roman Catholic Oath Records, 1714-1787, 1829

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About this project This collection contains lists and certificates of Roman Catholics failing to take the oaths of abjuration, allegiance and supremacy which were apart of an act passed by parliment in 1715.

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Project Instructions This collection contains lists and certificates of Roman Catholics failing to take the oaths of abjuration, allegiance and supremacy which were a part of an act passed by parliament in 1715. During this time, it was assumed that members of the state church were loyal to the realm, whereas members of the Roman Catholic church were not. Under this act, Roman Catholics were required to register their names and real estates with the Clerk of the Peace of the county where they owned property in order to attest to their loyalty. The obligation was repealed in 1791.

We will be keying name, age, residence, residence date and birth place. These images are handwritten and sometimes difficult to read. A few images are very name dense and there is no punctuation indicating where one name begins and another ends.

We will be keying all names within a document excluding dignitaries, witnesses and signatures. Deceased persons will be keyed.

Use the examples in the wiki to assist in identifying and keying.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
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Oaths and Convictions
Cover page, Section header, etc
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Oaths and Convictions



Choose the "Oaths and Convictions" form type for images with names to by keyed.

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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.

Name will often be found in a list at the end of a paragraph. This list will be the list of people who failed to take the oath. Sometimes a name or several names may be found embedded within a paragraph. We will be keying all names within a document excluding dignitaries, witnesses and signatures. Deceased persons will be keyed.

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 will often be found in a list at the end of a paragraph. This list will be the list of people who failed to take the oath. Sometimes a name or several names may be found embedded within a paragraph. We will be keying all names within a document excluding dignitaries, witnesses and signatures. Deceased persons will be keyed.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Name will often be found in a list at the end of a paragraph. This list will be the list of people who failed to take the oath. Sometimes a name or several names may be found embedded within a paragraph. We will be keying all names within a document excluding dignitaries, witnesses and signatures. Deceased persons will be keyed.

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.

Name will often be found in a list at the end of a paragraph. This list will be the list of people who failed to take the oath. Sometimes a name or several names may be found embedded within a paragraph. We will be keying all names within a document excluding dignitaries, witnesses and signatures. Deceased persons will be keyed.

Event Day

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

Event day may be found in the column labeled "Date of Registry", or next to the phrase "Given under our hand and seal the said", or "summoned the" or something similar. Event date may also appear directly following a name in a list of names

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 may be found in the column labeled "Date of Registry", or next to the phrase "Given under our hand and seal the said", or "summoned the" or something similar. Event date may also appear directly following a name in a list of names

Event Year

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

Event day may be found in the column labeled "Date of Registry", or next to the phrase "Given under our hand and seal the said", or "summoned the" or something similar. Event date may also appear directly following a name in a list of names.

Residence City

Key the residence city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Residence city may be found in the column labeled "Usual place of residence of the party". It may also appear immediately following some names that appear in lists. Usually the word "of" will proceed the residence, but this will not always be the case. Sometimes residence will appear directly above a name.

Residence County

Key the residence county as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Residence county may be found in the column labeled "Usual place of residence of the party". It may also appear immediately following some names that appear in lists. Usually the word "of" will proceed the residence, but this will not always be the case. Sometimes residence will appear directly above a name.

Age at Residence

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.

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 Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: All Saints, Southampton Birth place may be found in the column labeled "Place of birth", or next to the word "birth" in a paragraph or list of names.

Keying Image Samples

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, ect.

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.

Target



Choose "Target" form type when the image is of a color and/or grayscale target. Target images are used to determine focus and color balance in the initial digitizing process.



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