FamilySearch Indexing: Jamaica—Civil Marriages and Deaths, 1871–1995, FAQ

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Observation needs confirmation. As an arbitrator, I am observing indexers not checking the surnames of the parents listed on a death certificate and comparing it to the child's name. Often people in Jamaica appear to have not been married (or there was a slave situation). A child would be born and died a few months later to perhaps an unwed mother. Often it appears that perhaps the child had a surname of the "owner" or "occupier" but not of the mother's surname. Or perhaps they have been given the middle name of the slave owner. (The mother might be listed but no father and the surnames don't match). I think that we cannot assume that what appears to be a surname of a child is really a surname if it does not match the surname of the mother or father clearly shown on the record. If it is unclear what the child's surname is, we should enter it into the given name field. We should watch to see if it matches with a parent listed. Please confirm.

Many indexers are not entering surnames of the individual (child) who passed away. Often the surname will read for example, "Tulloch, or otherwise known as "Johnson". There is usually only a mother listed (such as Jane Tulloch). She is obviously single. We can imagine that the slave owner is named Johnson, but there is no father listed. I believe we should enter the childn's surname as "Tulloch or Johnson" We are observing indexers only entering the first surname or entering both without the "or".