Suisse, Fribourg—1834 Recensement


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 a previous image in the same batch, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain a census form, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Place of Census

Place of Census

Type the place of census as it was written on the top of the census form.

If the place of census 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. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the place of census 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 exampleFribourg

House Number

House Number

Type the house number that was written on each record.

The house number was usually written only once, next to the Domicile (Home) - Wohnort (Place of Residence) Column and the Family Name Column.  However, it needs to be indexed for all members of the same household.

If the census taker began recording a household at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page you are indexing, you should be able to find the household number on the previous image by doing the following:

  • In the menu bar, click View.
  • Click Show Previous or Next Image.
  • In the window that appears, click the Previous Image button.
  • Scroll to find the last household number on the previous image.
  • Type the household number for each person in the household on the page you are indexing.
  • When you are finished viewing the previous image, click View and then Show Previous or Next Image.

If the house number was not recorded and cannot be determined from the previous image, or if it was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 14

Family Name

Family Name 

Type the family name that was written in the Noms de Famille column.

The family name may be written either before or after the given names. 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 family name, index it in the Given Names field.

The surname may have been written only once for the entire family. However, it needs to be repeated for each family member.

If the census taker began recording a household at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page you are indexing, you should be able to find the surname from the previous image by doing the following:

  • In the menu bar, click View.
  • Click Show Previous or Next Image.
  • In the window that appears, click the Previous Image button.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the last surname on the previous image.
  • Type the surname for each person in the same family on the page you are indexing.
  • Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous or Next Image.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, baby, infant, or Mrs, with the name. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the family name was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," and it cannot be determined from the previous image, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Oberson

Given Names

Given Names

Type the given names that were written in the Noms de Bapteme column.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, 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 include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If 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: Joseph

Age

Age

Type the age that was written in the Age column.

Index full years only. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded, index the age as 0 (zero).

If the word "infant" was recorded in the age column, index the age as 0 (zero). If the word "adult" was recorded in the age column, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

If the age 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: 31

Place of Origin

Place of Origin

Type the place of origin as it was recorded in the column Origine des Etrangers, Commune.

If the place of origin was recorded as "Ravensburg Württemberg Allemagne," you would index all the levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space.

If the place of origin 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 by pressing Ctrl+F. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the place of origin 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 exampleDémoret