World Archives Project: Mayflower, Deeds and Probate, 1600-1850

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About this project This collection contains extracts from deed, probate, estate, and will information from Mayflower families and their descendants. We will be keying name, date, and place information.

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Records

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Event Type

Key the Event Type of the record using the dictionary provided. Allowable event types include, Deed, Estate, Guardianship, Not States, Probate, or Will.
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Prefix

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. On birth and death records "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as prefixes. If "child of Peter Pan" appears, key the complete phrase into the prefix field unless there is a father name field. If there is a father field, key "child of" as a prefix then key the father name as Peter Pan.
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Given

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

Key any Alias Surname which appears. Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name.
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Record Day

Key the day of the event date as seen.
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Record Month

Key the Month in the event date using a dictionary if provided for assistance.
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Record Year

Key the two or four digit number designated as the year in the event date.
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Record Place

Key the place where the deed, will, probate, or estate was filed.Key multiple locations seperated by a comma, such as "Newport, Rhode Island".
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Probate Year

Key the two or four digit number designated as the probate year on Will Event Types. This field will not appear in all Will records.
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Residence Location

Key the residence location of the Primary person listed. It is normally found in the form of "John Smith of [Residence Location]. If a location does not appear in the dictionary, then key as seen. Separate geographical locations by a comma, for example "Newport, Rhode Island".
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