World Archives Project: Kansas Historical Society Military Service Records

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About this project This project consists of birth, death and Spanish-American war service information for the "United Spanish War Veterans Taps" records. Information is primarily recorded on the same form throughout this project and is either typed or handwritten on the form. Occasionally, information may appear which are not on TAPS forms. These records will also be included.Information recorded includes, military unit, rank, whether married, and date and place of both birth and death, including the name and location of the cemetery in which the veteran was buried.  The records include some out of state burials.

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TAPS Sheet

TAPS Sheet

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This is the only form used by this organization to record the information on each soldier at the time of death.  It is usually a printed form and may be filled out with a typewriter or by hand. A page number usually appears in the lower right corner of each sheet. If other record entries appear within the volumes, key these as well.

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. Do not use periods after initials.
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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.
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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.
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Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the Spouse Given name, such as "Mrs", "Rev", or "Dr", of the spouse of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If the spouse prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the spouse prefix as seen.
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Spouse Given

The Spouse Given is the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Spouse Given name using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a spouse given name does not appear in the dictionary then key the spouse given name as seen.
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Spouse Surname

The Spouse Surname of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Spouse Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a spouse given name does not appear in the dictionary then key the spouse given name as seen.
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Birth Day

Key the Birth Day from the designated birth date.
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Birth Month

Capture the Birth Month from the designated birth date. Please spell the month out in full.
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Birth Year

Key the two or four digit number designated as the birth year in the birth date. The Year must be either two or four digits.
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Birth Location

Key the Birth Location from the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the location as seen. The Birth Location can be found in the field titled "Place of Birth." Do not key addresses or institutional names. Include only geographical entities such as city, county, and state. Separate entries with whatever punctuation appears in the record, except periods. Use abbreviations as given, do not spell out.
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Death Day

Key the Death Day from the designated death date labeled "Date of Death" on the form.
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Death Month

Key the Death Month from the designated death date, using the provided dictionary as needed. Please spell the month out in full.
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Death Year

Key the Death Year from the designated death date field labeled "Date of Death". The Year must be either two or four digits.
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Death Location

Key the Death Location from the field named "Place of death". Use the dictionary provided to assist.  If they location is not found in the dictionary, key as seen. Do not key addresses or institutional names. Include only geographical entities such as city, county, and state.  Separate entries with whatever punctuation appears in the record, except periods. Use abbreviations as given, do not spell out.
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