FamilySearch Indexing: US, Minnesota, Steele and Clay Counties—Obituaries, 1865–2006, Additional Helps
The project instructions state:
Number of Records Per Image
- If an image has fewer than 11 records, you will need to mark the unused records as blank in the data entry area. (Do not add more entry lines). To mark a record as blank, select any field in the record, and press Ctrl+Shift+B, or: 1. On the menu bar, click Edit. 2. Click Mark Field or Record. 3. Click Mark Record Blank.
A simpler and faster method to mark an unused record as blank in the data entry area is to click on the Mark the Field Blank icon. Repeat clicking until the How many records do you want to add to this image? box appears. The default 0 will be showing. Click OK to move to the next image.
Two obituaries regarding same person on one image If there are two obituaries about the same person on an image both should be indexed from left to right without duplicating any names. If names vary in spelling between obituaries then Or should be used between the variant spellings.
Indexing of maiden names Maiden names on this project are often indicated by the words "nee" or "formerly" or by () parentheses around the name. If a name is listed as John and Mary (Smith) Jones, then Smith is the maiden name and should be indexed as
Given Names: Mary; Surname: Smith Jones.
If a name is listed as John and Mary Smith Jones, there is no indication that Smith is the maiden name and the name should be index as
Given Names: Mary Smith; Surname: Jones
The exception to this would be if the father was listed in the obituary and had the surname of Smith, then there is a clear indication that Smith is a maiden name.
Pallbearers and people attending funeral from away These people should all be indexed as Nonrelative unless a specific relationship is noted. Sharing a surname with the deceased is not enough to assume a relationship.
Use of gender to determine relationships Titles/terms and maiden names do designate gender and thus the relationship can be determined by gender.
Examples: Child of Mr and Mrs John Smith - because of the use of Mr and Mrs we can use the relationship of father and mother.
Child of John and Mary (Jones) Smith - because of the maiden name we can distinguish that Mary is the mother and thus John is the father.
Survived by children: John Jones, Mrs Mary Jones, Harold Jones. The relationship of child should be used for John and Harold but because of the title of Mrs we can determine that Mary is a female and thus a daughter.
For arbitrators: record-matching To do a good job record-matching in this project the record matching fields should be sorted. To do this go to the view menu and select Record matching fields. Move the given name and surname to the top of the list and record matching will be much easier.