Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1808–1985

General Indexing Instructions

Diacritics and Other Characters

  • If the name of a person or a locality is written with an international character, such as the accented "é" in "José," you can click the International characters icon (a square with an ñ in it) in the menu bar above the data entry area, and select the letter you want to insert.
  • You can also insert the character by doing the following:
    1. In the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Click Enter special International characters.
    3. Select the letter you want to insert by clicking on it.

Corrected or Crossed-Out Information

  • When information was crossed out and then replaced, type the new data in the appropriate fields.
  • When information was crossed out, not replaced, and can be read, type the crossed-out information.
  • When information was crossed out, not replaced, and cannot be read, mark the field as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+U.  
  • When every entry on a record cannot be read, mark the entire record as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U.


  • If a field that is marked as "<Required>" contains a descriptive word such as "desconocido" (unknown), press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.
  • If a field that is not required contains a descriptive word such as "desconocido" (unknown), press Tab to skip this field.

Unnecessary Punctuation

  • Do not type periods, commas, parentheses, or semicolons after initials, abbreviations, or between multiple levels of localities for any of the fields.

Lookup Lists

  • A lookup list is a list of names, places, or terms that you can use to help decipher the information for a specific field. All fields with a lookup list will have a down arrow at the right side of the field once you have selected the field for data entry.
    1. Click the down arrow.
    2. Select Lookup...​​
  • The lookup lists do not include every possible entry. If the clerk wrote something that is not in the list, type what was written on the record.

Red Wavy Line

  • The red wavy line or colored background in a field does not mean that you have made a mistake. It appears because the word you typed is not in the lookup list. This is okay. Make sure the information is correct, then continue with the next field.