Deutschland, Hessen, Landkreis Marburg-Biedenkopf—Sterberegister, 1946–1980


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image in the same batch, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain at least one of the record types being indexed in this project, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

Do NOT index images with indexes.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Entry Number

Entry Number

The entry number was usually written in the upper corner of the page.

If the document does not have an entry number, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example3

Deceased's Given Names

Deceased's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Jungfer, Herr, Frau, or Jungfrau, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Peter

Deceased's Surname

Deceased's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. For women, the married name may be recorded along with the maiden name. Index the maiden name only, which usually follows the abbreviation "geb." Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Jungfer, Herr, Frau, or Jungfrau, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

Do not index possessive name suffixes, such as -in, -en, -s, or -ens. Index the root form of the name only. For example, if an entry was written as "Sohn der Katharina Müllerin," index the name "Müllerin" as Müller; or if an entry was written as "Sohn des Martin Schmidts," index the name "Schmidts" as Schmidt.

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

Click here to see an example: Müller

Death Day

Death Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the death day. If no death date was recorded, but a burial date was, type the burial day in this field.

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

Click here to see an example: 18

Death Month

Death Month

Type the first three letters of the death month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc. If no death date was recorded, but a burial date was, type the burial month in this field.

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

Click here to see an example: Mar

Death Year

Death Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

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

Click here to see an example: 1947

Death Place

Death Place

Type the place of death that was written on the record.

If the place was recorded as "Harkau Kreis Ödenburg Ungarn", you would index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space.

If the place of death was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the place of death was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank. 

Click here to see an example: Dernbach

Birth Day

Birth Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the birth day.

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

Click here to see an example: 5

Birth Month

Birth Month

Type the first three letters of the birth month: Jan, Feb, Mär, etc.

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

Click here to see an example: Nov

Birth Year

Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the birth year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

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

Click here to see an example: 1890

Birth Place

Birth Place

Type the birth place that was written on the record.

If the place was recorded as "Harkau Kreis Ödenburg Ungarn", you would index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space.

If the place was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the birth place was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Unterheinrieth