Talk:World Archives Project: U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1945
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
Here are a few examples that show how the names should be keyed. Use your best judgement when keying the next of kin. When you encounter a mother's name such as Mrs Janice Clarke it is pretty clear that this is a female name and should be entered as the mothers given and surname. If you encounter a name for a mother such as Mrs Lincoln Johnson it is pretty clear that this is a male name and we assume that this is the father's name so it should be entered as the father's given and surname. For wives names key them as seen - unless they are listed as Mrs [Soldier Name] in which case leave the Spouse name fields blank.
Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers
I know it is late in posting, but if the fathers name includes a sr or jr it would not be keyed in the given or surname field, per keying guidelines. -- Wiedwoman 20:15, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
Questions and Answers
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Q: What happened to death place?
- A: It was removed. See the following:
Q: If the next of kin is listed as "parents" rather than just "father" or "mother", should we key just the father's name or both the father's and the mother's names? Does the answer change when the next of kin is listed as "Parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Smith"?
- A: You would only key fathers name. -- Wiedwoman 15:44, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Q: I've come across one that lists a sister as next of kin. How should I key that in?
- A: As stated in the project instructions, do not key any next of kin that are not a father, mother or spouse. --Paulmd199 03:12, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Q: Do we add Mr/Mrs to the parents given name?
- A: No --Wiedwoman 13:39, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
Q: I have a page that comes with two lists. At the top of the page is "Died or Killed in POW Status", names listed in 3 columns. Below that is "Released from Prison Camps". In this type of situation, should I create a new section or should i just key top columns then bottom columns all in one Section?
- A: Since there is no header, there is no need to create different sections in this project. --Paulmd199 01:11, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
Q: If the next of kin is listed as mother Mrs John Smith does that go in the mothers given/surname boxes?
- A: [Updated] If you encounter a name for a mother such as Mrs Lincoln Johnson it is pretty clear that this is a male name and we assume that this is the father's name so it should be entered as the father's given and surname.
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