Talk:World Archives Project: Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857

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"Relict" = widow or widower, so the name following "relict of" should be keyed as spouse. --Katerimmer 10:08, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Bold text== Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers ==

Please correct me if I am wrong.  While reviewing I have noticed that birth locations are being assumed to be the location that parents are living at.  Following is an example:

CLARK, JOHN, son of Frederick Clark and Elizabeth Kidd in Angus, Perthshire, died in St Mary's, Jamaica, 15.5.1833. 

Information is being entered as:

Birth Place: Angus, Perthshire

Entering the location of the parents as the birthplace is inferring information not given.  It is quite possible the parents lived elsewhere when their child was born.

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Q: Which year do you key in a spread of years, eg 1803-1817, for residence year?

A: I am inclined to take the earliest date in that particular range. Since it puts the person in the W Indies at the earliest possible date. Though I have no official answer. --Paulmd199 21:45, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Q: Why is Departure Place a required field? I've seen only one to key and it has to be blanked otherwise! Just curious...

A: "Because" usually sums up up the reasons behind things like this. Though "oops" crops up often too. --[[User:Paulmd199|Paulmd199

Q: When entering locations do we include the word "parish" or do we omit it? Example: "Montego Bay, St James parish, Jamaica" do we enter this as "Montego Bay, St James, Jamaica".

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Scots in the West Indies 1707-1857

Hello - quick question. Does anyone know what the abbreviations cnf, pro and inv. mean?

Thank you

jan11288
Here are a few of the abbreviations.
File:ScotsinUSandCanadakeyingabbrv.jpg

Thank you for the quick response, just what I needed. regards Jan

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