France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche 1792-1906


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

The image type describes the image on the screen.

Click on the arrow at the right side of the field to see a list of possible image types.

Click on the one that most closely describes the current image.

Select "Normal" if none of the special cases listed apply.

Record Type

Record Type:

There are three record types: Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths. Select an record type for each record by clicking the Down Arrow at the right side of the Record Type field. Select the event type from the Lookup List.

If the Record Type is not written on the record and cannot be determined by the information given, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Bapteme

Record Number

Record Number

Type the record number that is on the certificate for each record.
 

If the Record Number field was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.
 

Example: 2

Event Date: Day

Event Date: Day

The event date is written as day, month, and year. Type only the one or two digit number that represents the day. Do not include descriptive words, such as: unknown.

If the day was left blank or has descriptive words, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.
 

Example: 3

Event Date: Month

Event Date: Month

The event date is written as day, month, and year. The acceptable abbreviation for the month is the first three or four letters. Do not include descriptive words, such as: unknown.
 

If the month was left blank or has descriptive words, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Jan

Event Date: Year

Event Date: Year

The event date is written as day, month, and year. The year should be four digits. Do not include descriptive words, such as: unknown.

If the year cannot be determined or has descriptive words, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: 1865

Principal's Given Name

Principal’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written in the margin, however it will also be found in the body. If the name was written differently in the margin than in the paragraph, index the most complete version.

Do not include titles or terms with the principle’s given name, such as: M, Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Principal’s Given Name was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Louise Clémence

Principal's Surname

Principal’s Surname

Surnames were usually written in the margin, however it may also be found within the body following the father’s given name. If the name was written differently in the margin than in the paragraph, index the most complete version.

Do not include titles or terms with the principle’s surname, such as: M, Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Principle’s Surname was left blank, use the father’s surname. If both surnames were left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Fontaine

Gender

Gender

The gender on a baptism will be listed as fille for daughter, or fils for son.

Type either fils or F fille.

If the gender was not recorded or contains a variation of the word unknown, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank. 

Example: F

Principal's Father's Given Name

Principal’s Father’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written first. Do not include titles or terms with the father’s given name, such as: M, etc.

If the Father’s Given Name was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Charles Alexandre

Principal's Father's Surname

Principal’s Father’s Surname

Surnames were usually written last. Do not include titles or terms with the father’s surname, such as: M, etc.

If the Father’s Surname was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Fontaine

Principal's Mother's Given Name

Principal’s Mother’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written first. Do not include titles or terms with the mother’s given name, such as: Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Mother’s Given Name was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Caroline Virginie

Principal's Mother's Maiden Name

Principal’s Mother’s Maiden Name

Maiden Names were usually written last. Do not include titles or terms with the mother’s maiden name, such as: Mme, Miss, etc

If the Mother’s Maiden Name was left blank, do not index the surname from the father or spouse. Press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Saussaye

Spouse's Given Name

Spouse’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written first. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s given name, such as: M, Mme, Miss, etc.

If the spouse’s Given Name was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Rosalie Desirée

Spouse's Surname

Spouse’s Surname

Surnames were usually written last. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s surname, such as: M, Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Spouse’s Surname was left blank, do not index the surname from the father or spouse. Press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Girard

Spouse's Father's Given Name

Spouse’s Father’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written first. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s father’s given name, such as: M, etc.

If the Father’s Given Name was left blank, press Tab to skip this field.

Example: Georges

Spouse's Father's Surname

Spouse’s Father’s Surname

Surnames were usually written last. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s father’s surname, such as: M, etc.

If the Father’s Surname was left blank, press Tab to skip this field.

Example: Leave this field blank

Spouse's Mother's Given Name

Spouse’s Mother’s Given Name

Given Names are usually written first. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s mother’s given name, such as: Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Mother’s Given Name was left blank, press Tab to skip this field.

Example: Margueritte

Spouse's Mother's Maiden Name

Spouse’s Mother’s Maiden Name

Maiden Names were usually written last. Do not include titles or terms with the spouse’s mother’s maiden name, such as: Mme, Miss, etc.

If the Mother’s Maiden Name was left blank, do not index the surname from the father or spouse. Press Tab to skip this field.

Example: Lavallée