US, Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte C]

Project Instructions

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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 these instructions.
  • Click here for a summary of project updates.

Language for Field Names

  • The indexing field names and the field helps in the bottom right corner of the indexing screen are available in Spanish and English. To change the language:
    1. In the menu at the top of the indexing screen, click Tools.
    2. Click Options.
    3. Click on the Language tab.
    4. Click in the Language for Field Names box and Language for Field Help and Project Instructions box, and select the preferred option.
    5. Close the data entry screen, and reopen the batch for the change to take effect.

Number of Records per Image

  • You may need to add records in the data entry area to match the number of records on the image. To add records:
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.
  • If you press Tab or Enter after you complete the last record on an image, a message will appear, asking if you want to add one or more records to the image. If you have already indexed all the records on the image, do the following:
    1. Ensure that 0 (zero) is in the Number of records box.
    2. Click OK.

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 for 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 for an example. To see the next image:
    1. On the menu at the top of the screen, click View.
    2. Click Show Previous or Next Image.
    3. In the window that appears, click the Next Image button.
    4. Index the record while viewing both images at the same time. (In this case, ignore the "Do not index from this image" warning.)
  • When an image has only a continuation of a record from a previous image, mark that image as No Extractable Data Image.

How to Index Names

  • Type the given names and surnames as they appear in the document.
  • Do not index titles or terms, such as Sr, Sra, Dña, Dn, or Vda. The term "Vda" means "widow" and does not belong in a name field.
  • Maiden names are considered surnames and should be typed in the Surname field before the married name when both are included on the record.
  • If a diacritic or accent mark was used in writing a name on the record (such as the marks used in writing é, ó, or ñ), be sure to include the mark when you index the name.
  • Be aware that the names in the lookup list may not follow normal alphabetic rules. Thus, the name "Luís" will not be found on the lookup list after "Luis" but after "Luzmira."
  • Items that precede names:
    1. In Spanish, when a person's name follows a verb, it is preceded by the word "a." For example, in the phrase "bauticé a Juan," the word "a" does not translate into English, and it is not part of the name.
    2. The Spanish words "de," "del," "de la," "de las," and "de los" are called particles. They are part of many Spanish given names and surnames and should be included with the names when they are indexed. The particle should be kept with the part of the name that follows it. For example, "del Carmen" could possibly occur as a surname or as part of a given name, but the "del" and the "Carmen" should be kept together.
  • If you are not sure whether a name is a given name or a surname, type it in the Given Names field. Below is a short list of names with the surnames in boldface.
      Mario Saenz
      Rafael Heliodoro Valle
      José María del Carmen Herrera
      José Gonzalez Campo
      Fernando Ortiz y Fernandez
      Leticia María Guerrero
      Francisco Fernandez del Castillo
      Oscar Miró Quesada y de la Guerra
      Carlos Pardo-Manuel de Villena y Jiménez
  • A child's surname frequently includes surnames from both the father and the mother. You can sometimes distinguish between the child's given names and surnames by looking at the surnames of the parents.
      Name: Jeffry Stiven Castillo Lovo
      Father's Name: Julio Cesar Castillo
      Mother's Name: Mayela del Rosario Lovo Flores de Castillo

Images with Overlays

  • Some images have small, handwritten records overlaid on top of larger records. Click here to see an example.
  • In most cases these overlays are separate records that should be indexed as such.
  • Do not try to index data from the partially hidden record until you reach the image where the entire record is visible.

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