US, Massachusetts, Plymouth County–Probate Index, 1881–1939 [Part A]


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 probate index, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then continue to the next image, or submit the batch.

Click here to see an exampleNormal

Year

Year

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 an event year 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: 1900

Surname

Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the parts of the name 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.

If an individual’s surname was listed on the card with various spellings or a name change, include all variants, separating each with the word Or. For example, if a surname was written as "Broski, Browzowski, or Brzozowski," you would index this field as Broski Or Browzowski Or Brzozowski.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs, Mr, or Jr, 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: Barnett

Given Names

Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the parts of the name 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.

If an individual’s name was listed on the card with various spellings or a name change, include all variants, separating each with the word Or.

For example, if a name was written as "Georgios (George)," you would index this field as Georgios Or George.

Do not include titles or terms, such as 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 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: Nicholas

Case Number

Case Number

Index the case number as it was written or typed on the record. The number is usually located to the right of the name.

If a case number was not recorded, press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 39448

Docket: Volume Number

Docket: Volume Number

Index the volume number as it was written or typed on the record. The number is usually located to the right of the name.

If a volume number was not recorded, press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 15

Docket: Page Number

Docket: Page Number

Index the page number as it was written or typed on the record. The number is usually located to the right of the name

If a page number was not recorded, press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 129