Talk:FamilySearch Indexing: US, New England–Naturalization Index 1791-1906, Project Updates

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Click the Edit This Page button to help index this project. Messages will be removed after careful review by support. Any updates will be posted to the Project Updates page.

Many commonly asked questions, such as indexing crossed out information, have already been answered - Click the Basic Indexing Instructions link on the Project Links page to read them.

(Should have answers early next week) Conflicting information in Field Helps for Birth Country:
"If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation."
"For example, if a birth location was written as 'Germany—USA,' you would index the Birth Country field as Germany or USA."
Shouldn't the example be "Germany or United States of America"?

I am finding some entries for Country of Birth or Allegiance as U.S.A (Rep. Amer.)  How should this be indexed?

  • Rep Amer probably stands for repatriated american. On the Illinois naturalization cards that were marked 'Repatriated' we were instructed to put all countries listed. So in your example I would index "United States" or "USA" depending on the reply to the above question about USA. (Note-Lookup generally lists United States, not United States of America) 

Concerning Project Updates: ("Dates - (New 8/26) - Year -If there is only a two digit number on the document and you can reasonably determine the actual year, add the first two digits. If you cannot reasonably determine the actual year, enter what is on the record.") For Naturalization Year, if there is no date of birth listed what else might reasonably help to determine the 4 digit year? I'm stumped. Every single arbitrated image including 2 digit dates such as 2/2/22 and indexed as 22, are returned corrected to 1922 when the date range of the project would also include naturalizations performed in 1822. Since there are quite a few images with this variation, it might be helpful to show an example in the powerpoint in Additional Helps if it can't be added to Project Instructions.