Talk:World Archives Project: Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Tax Records, 1840-1850

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Extra Keying Helps

Common Keying Errors Found by Reviewers

Due to some unclear instruction for some records Staff Members on some images may have been captured. If this is found both are accepted as we do not want to send batches batch to the community for the under clarified detail.

Questions and Answers

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Q: If there is a listing written as Suchandsuch and Soandso, where two different individuals are co-owners of items listed, how does one key that? Would there be two records keyed, as in "(Blank) Suchandsuch" and "(Blank) Soandso" to capture both names? --Mabnightowl (talk) 15:35, 22 December 2016 (MST)

A: You are correct, please key as two separate records. Thank you! --mccallapeterson (talk)
I suspected as much, but every project can have its quirks and idiosyncrasies. Thank you. --Mabnightowl (talk) 14:00, 23 December 2016 (MST)

Q: How are we to key heirs? I have it written three different ways. 1. Hood George Heirs 2. Hood Heirs of George 3. Hood Heirs --816spider (talk) 12:33, 23 December 2016 (MST)

A: You are correct. For the first two examples depending on the project you may enter heirs as the prefix (depending on project specific instructions).

Q: I am confused as to why, in the question about heirs, why we would put this as a prefix. Heirs refers to the person who inherited something and is neither a prefix or a suffix. Please clarify.

A: Entering "heirs" is helpful in capturing the family information. From a search aspect if we enter Heirs in the prefix field it can be searched in the keyword field.

Q: Are we to key in companies if they are listed? If so not sure how it should be entered.

A: Businesses can be ignored when listed. Thanks! --mccallapeterson (talk)

Q: If the names are written as MCurley, MCready, and MCreary, are we inferring the 'c'. There is nothing between the M and C.

A: Please key the surname as seen on the image, nothing should be inferred. Thank you! --mccallapeterson (talk)
The question has been asked how M'Cleary should be keyed. Generally you can determine that it is a little c vs an apostrophe - in these cases key McCleary into the surname field.Annafechter (talk) 13:13, 13 June 2017 (MDT)

Q: Are lists with the heading "Military Fines AD 1855" keyed ?

A: Yes, this image is considered a "Register" and names should be keyed.

Q: Should we key names that appear to be crossed out? There is a diagonal line through the given and then surname that looks to be striking it out.

A: Yes, it should be keyed unless it has been replaced with another name, in which case you would key that instead. --Katerimmer (talk) 02:02, 2 October 2017 (MDT)

Q: Are we keying widow as a prefix?

A: No. --Wiedwoman (talk) 20:33, 1 November 2017 (MDT)

Q:Both a cover page and a register on the same image. If we have this happen, should we select the Register form?

A: Yes, select the Register form.

Q: If a primary surname and given name are listed then followed in the property description another name (not the same as primary) is this person to be entered as well? Thank you

A: You are correct, please key as separate records for each name.


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