World Archives Project: Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1871-1910

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About this project This collection contains Quarter Session Records and Petitions from Lancashire, England. We will be keying reference material from title boards, and name, place, and date information from quarter session documents.

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Project Instructions This is a collection of Quarter Session Petitions and Orders from Lancashire. Fields to be keyed: Name, Alias Name, Residence Place, Civil Date, Reference Information, Session. Quarter Session Place, Record Type, and Year Range. Some of the images are very old and the handwriting is difficult to read.

Names should be keyed from the written text. If the same name appears more than once on the same image, only key once. Do not key names of Jurors, Judges, Witnesses, and Committee members.

Alias names may appear in either the margin or the written text.

Dates may appear in multiple places on the image. The civil date will usually be by the name. If no date appears here, then key from the date at the top of the image. Key images, as applicable, even if they do not fall within the date ranges [1871-1910].

Please note that in addition to the regular form types, there will also be "Non-Session Records" which we are Not keying, and "Title Board" which we are keying.

Key the information available on the image.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Quarter Session Record
Title Board
Non-Quarter Session
Cover page, Section header, etc
Image with no data

Quarter Session Record



Choose the Quarter Session form type for images which contain names of appellants, respondents, or persons being paid by the quarter session for services rendered. Do not key names of court officers, witnesses, jurors, judges, or lawyers/solicitors.

Additional Image Samples

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering the periods. If the same name appears more than once on the same image, only key once. Do not key names of Jurors, Judges, Witnesses, and Committee members.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.If the same name appears more than once on the same image, only key once. Do not key names of Jurors, Judges, Witnesses, and Committee members.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Alias Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the alias as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering the periods.

Alias Surname

Key the surname of the alias as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. The residence place will usually appear by the name, sometimes with the words "late of" or "parish of" before the Residence Place.

Civil Day

Key the Day from the Civil Date.The civil date will usually be by the name in the text. If no date appears here, then key from the date at the top of the image.

Civil Month

Key the Month in its three-letter abbreviation from the Civil Date using the dictionary provided to assist you.The civil date will usually be by the name. If no date appears here, then key from the date at the top of the image.

Civil Year

When provided, key the Year in its numerical format from the Civil Date.The civil date will usually be by the name in the text. If no date appears here, then key from the date at the top of the image.

Keying Image Samples


Title Board



Choose the Title Board form type for images of Microfilm title boards.

Additional Image Samples

Reference Information

Key the Reference Information from Titleboards indicated by the keywords "Film No." or "Volume/s" as seen.

Session

Key the Session as seen from the titleboard. The Session will normally be labeled as a month, or as a festival period of the year, such as "Easter" or "Michaelmas".

Quarter Session Place

Key the Quarter Session Place from the fields labeled "Place" "County or District" or "Locality of Record" using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a value does not appear in the dictionary, then key as seen.

Record Type

Key the Record Type from the field labeled "Contents", "Description of Record" or "Title of Record" using the provided dictionary. If a value is not present in the dictionary, then key as seen. "Quarter Sessions" should not be omitted when appearing with other values.

Year Range

Key the Year Range from the field labeled "Years Covered", or "Year/s Included" as seen."

Keying Image Samples


Non-Quarter Session



Choose the Non-Quarter Session form types of images which are not Quarter Session records. These may include birth/marriage/death type records, church records, or catalog images/indexes which list a summary of Quarter Session content but do not have original data.

Additional Image Samples


Cover page, Section header, etc



Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Image with no data

Use the “Image with no data” type for images that do not contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only a blank background.

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