Talk:World Archives Project: Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, Church Records, 1636-1850

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Q: I have a birth records entry which reads GOULD THOMAS, OF THOMAS AND SARAH, MIDDLETOWN, JULY 11, 1728.  The next line reads JOHN, OCT. 29, 1736.  Am I to assume (and key) that John is also the son of Thomas & Sarah born in Middletown?  Or do I only key John's name and birthdate as seen?

A: I am looking into this right now - if you could post a screen shot of the record that would help as I have not seen this in other records.Annafechter 23:36, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I have tried and tried.  Its not letting me take a screen shot. I think the answer is to just key as seen (making no assumptions) as the dates aren't chronological and start skipping around.  Sorry for the trouble.

Thank you for trying. If we determine that the children in between the names of the children with parents should belong to the same parents we can make these adjustments after the data has been entered.

Anna, this looks to be the page in question. Sorry, I don't know how to insert the image here but this is a link to the page:


--Katerimmer 20:05, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
RhodeIslandBirths.jpg Here's the page -- Wiedwoman 23:52, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Q: I am keying a page of marriages listed by a church in Westerly. One entry is a record of a marriage performed in Plainfield, NJ. (The woman is from Iowa and the man is from New Hampshire. I suppose they moved to Westerly after getting married in NJ.) So the Event City is technically in NJ but we are only entering RI cities. Do I enter "Westerly", "Plainfield, NJ", or leave Event City blank?

NJ Marriage.JPG

A: I would key Plainfield as it is only asking for city. -- Wiedwoman 15:33, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Q: The instructions say that the Event City can often be found at the top of the page.

Grace Church.JPG

So the events in this case took place (with some exceptions as in the previous question) at that church in Westerly, RI.

Then I realized that only half the pages have that header; the other half have the book title:

Book Title.JPG

So the Event City is not provided on those pages. We have been routinely told to not take data from other pages but I wonder whether this might be an exception?

This is complicated because each entry in these pages contains birth places and/or residence locations (though many not in RI, see example in the previous question) of the bride and groom. Here is another example:

Example Marriage Record.JPG

Advice on which Event City to choose?

A: On the pages that show Westerly at top of page, you would key Westerly. On the pages that do not show Westerly at the top nor through the page, I would leave the city blank. Also the Veal example does not show a city married in only where they were from. -- Wiedwoman 15:33, 14 December 2012 (UTC)


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