World Archives Project: West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy and Other Poor Law Offense Records

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About this project This is a collection of bastardy and other offense records from West Yorkshire.

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Choose the "Record" form type when the image contains names with information concerning regarding bastardy records.

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen. Only prefix values should go in the prefix field.When provided, the Prefix can be located before the Given name.
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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.When provided, the Given Name can typically be located by having the phrase: "Single Woman" before or following the name. She will also be the primary person filing with courts.
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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.When provided, the Surname can typically be located by having the phrase: "Single Woman" before or following the name. She will also be the primary person filing with courts.
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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.When provided, the Suffix can be located after the Surname.
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Father's Given

Using the dictionary for assitstance, key the Father's Given Name. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.The Father's name will be in reference to the courts for fathering the child out of wedlock.
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Father's Surname

Key the Father's Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.The Father's name will be in reference to the courts for fathering the child out of wedlock.
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Court Day

Key the day from the Court Date.The Court Date will be the most recent date provided.Be aware that typically the Court Date is spelled out.If "Ditto", or "Do" marks appear then key down date from previous record.
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Court Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the date using the dictionary provided to assist you.The Court Date will be the most recent date provided.Be aware that typically the Court Date is spelled out.If "Ditto", or "Do" marks appear then key down date from previous record.
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Court Year

Key the year from the date.The Court Date will be the most recent date provided.Be aware that typically the Court Date is spelled out.If "Ditto", or "Do" marks appear then key down date from previous record.
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Offense Type

When provided, key the Offense Type on the Record doc type. The Offense Type will typically be a "bastardy" or "bastard" and if the record doesn't state an Offense Type then key it as a "bastard".Be aware that the Offense Type can be in multiple locations, see samples for examples.
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Index

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