Talk:FamilySearch Indexing: US, California—Great (Voting) Registers, 1866–1910, Project Updates

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[13 Jan 2012]

Project 005030248, Batch 69

The image shows registration month, date, and year for each record.  However, there are no record fields for registration month, date, or year so I could not enter these values.



[01 Jan 2012]    Project Helps, "Additional Helps" Slide 8 states: "The transferred or cancelled date is indexed in the registration date fields."  Most indexers and arbitrators have apparently been missing this instruction and leaving the entries in the registration date fields unchanged.  As an example, if the registration date field reads "Feb 9 1866" and the cancellation field reads "cancelled Sep 23 1871" I index the registration date entry to read Sep 23 1871 - however, most arbitrators enter it as Feb 9 1866.  The instruction seems to be pretty clear, but it might be buried too deeply in the Project Updates and is getting consistently missed by nearly all indexers and arbitrators.  Am I somehow misunderstanding this instruction?

For Administrator's reference, here are some samples of batches that I have indexed in strict accordance with "Additional Helps" Slide 8

     Film # 005030346     Batch # 155     Single Image

     Film # 005030348     Batch # 196     Single Image

     Film # 005030322     Batch # 74      Single Image

     Film # 005030314     Batch # 353     Split Images


How should Brooklyn T'p be indexed? Please review the recently added presentation under the Additional Helps tab.

Film 005028126 Batch 483 Has BI at the top of the page.  Next Image has BL.  Is this page number?  Field will only allow numeric entries. It is not a page number.  Many pages have no page numbers.


There seems to be conflicting Instructions when the Residence Field contains a fraction in the numerical address.  Do we "index as seen" per the Project Field Helps, or, leave the fraction out per Basic Indexing Guidelines to not include fractions?  Please read the most recent project updates for this project.  Basic Indexing Guidelines are always used when there are no other instructions. Official updates always take precedence over any previous instruction.


What about typos in the date field?  All dates are either 1866 or 1867, but I've come across a date that's 1366, do I correct that to 1866? Please type what you see in this field.


Could you please expand a bit on your 12/27 Update that says to index " (12/27) - Index documents with name and age"    We kinda figure that we need to index them.. but there is no explanation as to how to index regarding the registration date..  There is no "registration date"...
The only thing regarding date on the page is an age column that says"  "age last birthday prior to June 1, 1880"   You can see that in the example.   Do we use a date for registration or not for this example?

Sometimes it seems the focus is on Brevity in explanations... and not enough explanation.

According to the field helps, if there is no registration date - mark the field <Blank>


How do you enter the age when the image only shows one number?  I can't enter one digit and a question mark as it will not take.  The image cannot be darkened to show any other digits.  There are several such instances on this project.  It would be confusing to only enter one number because sometimes the first digit is missing and sometimes the second one is missing.