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Read the Instructions
- Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
- Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates to the instructions.
- Click here for a summary of project updates.
What to Remember as You Index This Project
- Often, a father's given names were listed with no surname in the death record. Do not infer the father's surname based on the deceased's surname. The missing information will automatically be included in the final index.
- The records are composed two parts: part 1 and part 2. The contents of Part 2 consists of record of deaths that occurred outside of the deceased's municipality of residence.
- Often, the records of Part 2 are written in free form by hand and require a deeper knowledge of this form in order to determine the required fields of the project.
- Many of these records show multiple dates, including death dates, birth dates, and registration dates. Pay close attention, in particular, not to mistake the date of registration with the date of death of the deceased. Click here to see an example.
- The following are examples of death records:
- Read each record carefully to find the information for the fields to be indexed. The order of information may vary from record to record.
- Names may have been written in more than one location in a record. Type the most complete name in the indexing field.
- If a diacritic or accent mark was used in writing a name on a record (such as the marks used in the letter "ò" in Nicolò or "à" in Nicolàs), be sure to include the diacritic or accent mark in indexing the name.
- Be aware that names in the lookup list may not follow normal alphabetic rules. Thus, the name "Nicolàs" will not be found on the lookup list after "Nicolas" but after "Nicolus."
- In indexing a name that has an apostrophe, such as D'Azeglio, do not include a space before or after the apostrophe.
- Do not correct misspelled names or expand abbreviated names. If a name was misspelled or abbreviated, index the name just as it was written on the record.
Number of Records per Image
- The data entry area is set at one record per image. You will usually need to add entry lines in the data entry area to match the actual number of records on each image. To add entry lines:
- In the menu bar, click Tools.
- Click Records per Image.
- Click in the Number of records; box, and type the number of records on the image.
What to Do When Records Span Two Images
- If the first record on an image begins on a previous image, don't index it. The record will be indexed as part of the previous image. Start indexing at the first complete record. Click here to see an example.
- If the last record on an image continues to the next image, index the entire record, including what continues to the next image. Click here to see an;example. To see the next image while continuing to index information for the current image:
- In the menu at the top of the screen, click View.
- Click Show Previous or Next Image.
- In the window that appears, click the Next Image button.
- Index the record while viewing both images at the same time. (In this case, ignore the "Do not index from this image" warning.)
Language for Field Names
- The indexing field names and the field helps in the bottom right corner of the indexing screen are available in Italian and English. To change the language:
- In the menu at the top of the screen, click Tools.
- Click Options.
- Click the Language tab.
- Click in the Language for Field Names box and Language for Field Help and Project Instructions box, and select the preferred option.
- Close the batch, and reopen it for the change to take effect.
- Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher the handwriting.
- To access this resource, click the Handwriting Help icon (an inkwell with an orange feather quill).