World Archives Project: Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls Honeymoon Registries, 1940-2010

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This collection contains records of honeymoon register books that were signed by newlywed tourists at Niagara Falls, Canada. Also included are guest books that do not contain marriage records.

Project Overview

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Project Instructions There are two forms you will run across while keying this collection. One contains marriage information from newlyweds who signed the registries, whereas the other type only contains basic information given by guests of a hotel. The honeymoon registries are invaluable for the marriage information they contain. The guests books are fun to view, as they often contain comments from the individuals who signed them. Most signatures are from persons living in the United States and Canada, but many come from as far away as Japan.

Keying Note: When keying honeymoon registries, pay special attention to what the column headings say and where signers chose to input information as it is not always uniform across forms, or even within images. Example: On some registries, the far left column was used by the hotel to number the individual signers and not as a typical date column.

Project Form Types and Field Helps
Honeymoon
Visitor
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data Target

Honeymoon

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Choose the ‘Honeymoon’ form type for images with the words "Honeymoon Register" or "Visitor Register" at the top of the image and marriage dates to key. Marriage dates will typically be found in a column labeled "Date Married" or something similar. If the image does not contain marriage dates to key, choose the ‘Visitor’ form type. Most images will be ‘Honeymoon’ form types.

Honeymoon Keying Instructions

Honeymoon or Visitor Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the visitor date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Honeymoon or Visitor Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the visitor date. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Honeymoon or Visitor Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the visitor date. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. On honeymoon form types, the primary name is the first name to appear if there are two and is typically found in the column labeled "Name." On visitor form types, each name should be keyed on a separate record and is also typically found in the column labeled "Name," but may also appear at the end of short notes or after the visitor date if there is no name column.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Do not key Japanese or Chinese characters - when you encounter these names do not add records or lines for them. Look for the next "English" names. Japanese names that are written in English characters should be keyed as if they were English/American names, i.e. in the order they appear on the image.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. On honeymoon form types, the primary name is the first name to appear if there are two and is typically found in the column labeled "Name." On visitor form types, each name should be keyed on a separate record and is also typically found in the column labeled "Name," but may also appear at the end of short notes or after the visitor date if there is no name column.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Do not key Japanese or Chinese characters. Japanese names that are written in English characters should be keyed as if they were English/American names, i.e. in the order they appear on the image.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III," following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Spouse name may be found after the primary name.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Spouse name may be found after the primary name.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Spouse Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On honeymoon registers, residence place is typically found in the 3rd or 4th column labeled "City & State," "Place & Date of Marriage," "Address" or something similar. On visitor registers, the residence place is typically found after the name. Do not key street address into this field.

Some registers have a column labeled "Place & Date of Marriage." On these images, key the city and state from the "Street Address" column, if present.

Marriage Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the marriage date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Marriage date may typically be found in the right most column, typically labeled "Date Married," "Place and Date of Marriage," "Date Wed," "Date of Marriage," or something similar.

Marriage Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the marriage date. Marriage date may typically be found in the right most column, typically labeled "Date Married," "Place and Date of Marriage," "Date Wed," "Date of Marriage," or something similar.

Marriage Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the marriage date. Marriage date may typically be found in the right most column, typically labeled "Date Married," "Place and Date of Marriage," "Date Wed," "Date of Marriage," or something similar.

Honeymoon Image Samples



Visitor

NiagaraFallsHon Visitor.JPG

Choose the ‘Visitor’ form type for images that contain names to key but do not contain marriage dates. Marriage dates will typically be found in a column labeled "Date Married". If the image only contains one column of dates and are not labeled as marriage dates, choose the ‘Visitor’ form type. Most images will not be ‘Visitor’ form types.

Visitor Keying Instructions

Honeymoon or Visitor Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the visitor date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Honeymoon or Visitor Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the visitor date. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Honeymoon or Visitor Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the visitor date. Honeymoon or visitor date may be found in the far left column, typically labeled "Date." If the year is written as a two-digit number, only key the two-digit number. Do not expand to a four-digit year.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. On honeymoon form types, the primary name is the first name to appear if there are two and is typically found in the column labeled "Name." On visitor form types, each name should be keyed on a separate record and is also typically found in the column labeled "Name," but may also appear at the end of short notes or after the visitor date if there is no name column.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Do not key Japanese or Chinese characters. Japanese names that are written in English characters should be keyed as if they were English/American names, i.e. in the order they appear on the image.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. On honeymoon form types, the primary name is the first name to appear if there are two and is typically found in the column labeled "Name." On visitor form types, each name should be keyed on a separate record and is also typically found in the column labeled "Name," but may also appear at the end of short notes or after the visitor date if there is no name column.

If "Mr. and Mrs. David Brown" appear on the image, the primary name should be keyed as "Mr. (prefix) David (given) Brown (surname)" and the spouse should be keyed as "Mrs. (prefix) Brown (surname)."

Do not key Japanese or Chinese characters. Japanese names that are written in English characters should be keyed as if they were English/American names, i.e. in the order they appear on the image.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III," following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On honeymoon registers, residence place is typically found in the 3rd or 4th column labeled "City & State," "Place & Date of Marriage," "Address" or something similar. On visitor registers, the residence place is typically found after the name. Do not key street address into this field.

Some registers have a column labeled "Place & Date of Marriage." On these images, key the city and state from the "Street Address" column, if present.

Visitor Image Samples



Cover page, Section header, etc.

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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 Samples



Image with no data

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Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.

Image Samples



Target

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Camera calibration images. Target images are used to determine focus and color balance in the initial digitizing process.