Talk:World Archives Project: Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File

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Feel free to add to or edit information in this discussion tab as necessary.  Please take time to become familiar with the General Keying Standards and be sure to read all instructions on the main project page.  (Please note that in case of a discrepancy, project level instructions always trump general keying standards.)

Extra Keying Helps

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

Do not key the word county or co

Key places as seen, do not expand

Separate occupations by a comma.

Ore Bio Card1.JPG - Key only 1st line

Ore Bio Card2.JPG - Do not assume maiden name

Questions and Answers

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Q: I have seen several images that are NOT PRE-PRINTED FORMS but are typed in the very same format and contain the very same data as the Pioneer Cards. The instructions imply that only pre-printed forms should be keyed as Pioneer. However, I believe that these typed yet identical cards should be classified and keyed with the Pioneer cards. Am I correct? --Collier Smith 18:33, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

A: Yes Anna said to key cards that are not pre-printed but have the same format as the Pioneer cards. --Wiedwoman 19:15, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: The example seems to indicate that we should key the additional names in the large box, labelled "Name". However, the instructions only mention keying "Primary Persons". Which is correct?

A: It's confusing. Anna says we are to key images like that sample, when there are no dates. See Anna's reply on discussion board 1/31 3:04 --Wiedwoman 06:54, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: the keying help says "if there are multiple dates on a card, key the first one to appear". Does this mean the first one on the page (reading from the top down, I presume)? Or the first one I happen to spot? Or the earliest date in time? --Collier Smith 21:43, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

A: If you'll look at the keying examples it highlights the first date that shows on the index card reading top to bottom. --Wiedwoman 22:05, 1 February 2014 (UTC) Thanks--Collier Smith 05:36, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: What if a Pioneer Index lists more than one spouse? Do we put the next spouse on the line below or just use one, which one?

A: Per Anna, Key the most recent spouse.--Wiedwoman 06:28, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: Do we label it as Biography or Cover page , etc; when the subject of the image is courts and not an actual person?

A: Show as a cover page when there is no person as the subject. --Wiedwoman 09:15, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: On a Pioneer index the female subject has name shown as {EX. Bringham, Tabitha Jane Cooper } Under Given do we key in Tabitha Jane Cooper or Key in Tabitha Jane under Given and under Surname key in Cooper Bringham?

A: I would key as given: Tabitha Jane Cooper and surname as Bringham as we don't know for certain that Cooper is maiden name. --Wiedwoman 17:43, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: If on the card it doesn't say: ARRIVED ; do we key in the information where it says LOCATED or CAME TO OREGON or leave it blank?

A: I would think you would key the came to Oregon date. --Wiedwoman 21:19, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Q: On the Biography index stamped VITAL STATISTICS at the bottom it says D ORE and then a date.. where does that get keyed in? I am a bit confused on this.

A: Sounds to me like it means "Died (in) Ore(gon) (on the indicated date)". --Collier Smith 01:31, 5 February 2014 (UTC)


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I suggest that a basic rule be added:

Each image will have only one principal person keyed, and only one spouse -- the most recent. All other names on that image are to be ignored.

There is only one exception to this rule: If an image consists only of a list of names, with no other data, then key all the names as principal persons, one per line.

I think this would clarify a lot of issues on both the message board and the wiki.

Sounds very simple when you put it that way :) --Wiedwoman 19:59, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Suggestion: I would like to suggest one exception to the "key most recent spouse rule"

Example: Jones, Mrs. Mary Ann Smith Spouses shown: (1) James J Jones (2) Hiram B Jefferson

--In this case, it's pretty obvious they are trying to capture information on the first spouse rather than the most recent. --Lucasdle503 22:17, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

I would think this wouldn't happen very often :) --Wiedwoman 22:55, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

I wouldn't think so, either, but I've seen a few of them on this project  :)   --Lucasdle503 04:46, 4 February 2014 (UTC)