US, California, San Joaquin County—Obituary Index File, 1850–1991


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on 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 data on the image does not match 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.

Click here to see an example: Normal

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 this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Mr, or Jr, 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 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: Victoire Julienne

Deceased's Surname

Deceased's Surname

The surname 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 surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Jr, Sr, or Mr, 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.

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: Jansons

Year

Year

As a first choice, type the year of death in this field. If no year of death was recorded, type the year the obituary was published.

If a newspaper clipping of the obituary was included on the card, the year of death was usually written in the obituary. If there is no clipping, a year was generally typed or written on the top of the card. When the date follows the abbreviation "SR" or "SDI," it refers to the date the obituary was published. At times, the obituary does not have a year of death, but you will usually see a handwritten date on the obituary that indicates the published date.

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. 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 the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1981