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The following observations have been addressed. Click the Discussion tab at the top of this page to report new issues. Please reserve this page for Indexing Support responses.


Gender (New 12/13) - You may determine the gender from a title such as Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Master.

Occupation - If more than one occupation is listed, enter only the first one.

Names Not Fully Recorded - If a family member is referred to, but the name or surname is not given, do not index the individual. For example, if the document says, "James Brown and Mother" you would only index one record, for James Brown. - Example

- Part of an individual's name is given, index the part of the name that is given.

  • If the record says, "James Brown and Mary," index two records, one for James Brown and one for Mary.
  • If the record says, "Mr Smith and Mrs Smith," index two records, one for Mr Smith and one for Mrs Smith.
  • If the record says, "Mr & Mrs Smith," index two records, one for Mr Smith and one for Mrs Smith.

- Family Surname represented with dittos - Example

Port - Enter the Port the ship departed from, this is not necessarily the port the passenger embarked from.

Marital Status - Do not assume a woman with the title Mrs. is married.
                          - Do not index the marital status unless it was clearly and unmistakably recorded.

Dates - If no departure or arrival dates are given, it may be necessary to infer a date from other information. On some batches, there will be a report of the cargo. The date given can be indexed in the Arrival Date fields. Example

Country or County of Origin - Some batches may show passengers' information in columns with their nationality listed as English, Irish, Scotch, or Foreigners. In these batches, the country or county of origin can be indexed as England, Ireland, or Scotland. If the person is designated as Foreigner, mark the field blank. Example