World Archives Project: Census of the Cumberland Settlements, 1770-1790

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About this project This collection contains a typed index of known inhabitants of the Cumberland Settlements during the years 1770-1790. The names in this index were compiled from various types of records, including deed books, tax rolls, court minutes, marriage records, probate records, and county histories. Information in this index includes the person's name, county of residence, and the date associated with the recorded event for that person.

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Keying Instructions

This collection contains a typed index of known inhabitants of the Cumberland Settlements during the years 1770-1790. All names appearing in the index should be keyed as individual records. Dates that apply to each individual should also be keyed. When multiple event dates are listed for an individual, only the first date should be keyed. If a year range is provided for an event, rather than a specific date, key just the first year of the range.

All images that do not contain names to be keyed, but still have information on them should be marked as "Cover Page, Section Header, etc." Only images that contain blank sheets of paper should be marked as "Image with No Data."


Project-specific sample images and form field help:

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Index

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Choose the "Index" form type if the image contains a list of names to be keyed.

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary if provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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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. For the primary person of the record, the surname is listed first, followed by given name.
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Surname

Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.

For the primary person of the record, the surname is listed first, followed by given name. If more than one surname is listed for a single person (ex. ALLERTON/ALLERSON, Alexander), record the first as the surname and the second as the alias surname.


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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 Given

Key the alias first name or initial and any alias middle names using the dictionary provided for assistance. If an alias given name does not appear in the dictionary then key the alias given name as seen.
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Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears using the dictionary provided for assistance. Any surname aliases for the primary person of the record will be listed after the surname (ex. ALLERTON/ALLERSON, Alexander). For those names that appear within the record, the alias name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly".
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Evente Day

Key the Event Day if listed. The event date will sometimes be mentioned in the event details provided after a name. If more than one date applies to an individual, key the first date seen.
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Event Month

Key the Event Month in its three letter abbreviation, using the provided dictionary. The event date will sometimes be mentioned in the event details listed after a name. If more than one date applies to an individual, key the first date seen.
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Event Year

Key the Event Year if listed. The event date will sometimes be mentioned in the event details listed after a name. If more than one date applies to an individual, key the first date seen. If a year range is listed, key just the first year of the range.
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