World Archives Project: Florida, Spanish American War Compiled Service Records, 1898

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We have updated the Prefix field help - the rank should be keyed in the Prefix field.

About this project This collection contains compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served in the Florida Infantry during the Spanish American War. The records are arranged alphabetically by soldiers surname and can contain information such as birth date and place, enlistment date and age, rank, company, hospital records, physical descriptions, financial records, etc.

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Project Instructions

This collection contains compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served in the Florida Infantry during the Spanish American War in 1898. The collection is comprised of informational cards that are arranged in packets, with each packet pertaining to a different soldier. The packets are arranged alphabetically by soldiers surname and can contain information such as birth date and place, enlistment date and age, rank, company, hospital records, physical descriptions, financial records, etc.

There are only two image types that we will be keying from, both of which should be marked as a "Description & Muster-In Card". We are keying the exact same information from both images.

Mark an image as Description & Muster-In Card ONLY if the title says, "Description, Physical Record, and Enlistment. VOLUNTEERS" OR the label directly under the soldier's name and unit says "Company Muster-In Roll." DO NOT mark an image as a "Description & Muster-In Card" if the label says "Field, Staff and Band Muster-in Roll", "Company Muster Roll" or "Company Muster-Out Roll", or anything else besides "Company Muster-In Roll".

Name Cards are also being identified, but there is no information being keyed from them. Name Cards will have "Card Numbers" underneath the name, unit, and rank of soldier. Only select the "Name Card" form type if you see "Card Numbers" on the card.

Any other cards that have names or other information should be marked as "Cover page, Section header, etc."

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Description & Muster-In Card
Name Card
Here are sample images for the records we are not keying from.

Description & Muster-In Card

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Additional Image Samples



Choose the "Description & Muster-In Card" ONLY if the title says, "Description, Physical Record, and Enlistment. VOLUNTEERS" OR the label directly under the soldier's name and unit says "Company Muster-In Roll." If the label/title says anything else (including "Field, Staff and Band Muster-in Roll", "Company Muster Roll" or "Company Muster-Out Roll") mark the image as "Cover page, Section header, etc."

Prefix (Ranks)

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen. Key any ranks in the prefix field.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.

Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.

Company

Key the Company of the soldier to whom the record applies. This will almost always be a single letter in the English alphabet such as 'K' or 'E,' however on occasion the company will be an entire word such as 'musician.' There is no company "J".

Age at Enlistment

Key the Age of each soldier at the time of enlistment. Only key the full number of years, do not include months.

Enlistment Day

Key the Day each soldier enlisted. Depending on the form type being keyed from, this information will either be found under the "Joined for duty and enrolled" section or after the words "enrolled on the..."

Enlistment Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month each soldier enlisted, using the dictionary for assistance. Depending on the form type being keyed from, this information will either be found under the "Joined for duty and enrolled" section or after the words "enrolled on the..."

Enlistment City

Key the Enlistment City of each soldier using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the Enlistment City does not appear in the dictionary then key the Enlistment City as seen.

Birth City

Key the Birth City of each soldier using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the Birth City does not appear in the dictionary then key the Birth City as seen. Please key the birth city in the City field, county in the County field, and state in the State field.

Birth County

Key the Birth County of each soldier using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the Birth County does not appear in the dictionary then key the Birth County as seen. Please key the birth city in the City field, county in the County field, and state in the State field.

Birth State

Key the Birth State of each soldier using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the Birth State does not appear in the dictionary then key the Birth State as seen. Please key the birth city in the City field, county in the County field, and state in the State field.

Birth Country

Key the Birth Country of each soldier using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the Birth Country does not appear in the dictionary then key the Birth Country as seen.

Keying Sample

Name Card

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Choose the "Name Card" form type when the image includes the phrase 'Card Numbers' following the name, unit, and rank of the soldier.

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