US—District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part D]

Project Instructions

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 Marriage Records

  • Marriage records include many kinds of documents:        
  • Index each of these documents, as a single, stand-alone record by entering data in as many fields as possible and leaving the remainder of the fields blank.
  • The data entry area is set at one record per image. There are up to 20 images per batch. If an image has more than one record, you will need to add enough entry lines in the data entry area to match the number of records on the image. To add entry lines:
    1. In 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.
  • Index records only if it includes information regarding marriages in addition to names, such as dates or places. If an index includes only names, volume number, page number, or year (rather than full date), mark the image as a No Extractable Data Image.

How to Index Combinations of Documents

  • Images may display marriage documents in a number of ways. Occasionally, images have more than one record type on a single image, and all records relate to the same marriage. In this case, combine the information from all the records on the image into one record in the data entry area, using the most complete version of the data. Click here to see an example.    

Highlights and the Ruler

  • Because of the many different forms found in this project, highlights are not available. You may use the ruler instead to follow a record across an image.
  • If you choose to use the ruler, please be aware that it is not anchored to the indexing screen and does not automatically move as you move to a new entry. To use the ruler:
    1. In the menu bar, click View.
    2. Click Show Ruler.
  • You can move the ruler and adjust its width.
    1. To move the ruler, position the mouse pointer over the ruler bar. When the pointer turns into a four-pointed arrow, click and hold the left mouse button while you move your mouse to drag the ruler to a new location on the screen.
    2. To adjust the width of the ruler, position the mouse pointer at the top or bottom edge of the ruler bar. When the pointer turns into a two-pointed arrow, click and hold the left mouse button, and then move your mouse up or down to change the width of the ruler.

Handwriting Help

  • 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).

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