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


Project Indexing Instructions



Please Read the Instructions

  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
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How to Index Given Names and Surnames

  • Do not include titles or terms, such as Widow, Baron, Reverend, Lord, Esq, Jr, or Mr, in the Given Names or Surname fields.
  • If both a wife and husband were listed on the image, index the spouse that was recorded first then create another record, and index the remaining spouse.
  • If a woman's maiden surname and married surname were both recorded, index all surnames in the Surname field, with the maiden name first.
  • Do not expand abbreviated names. For example, do not change "Thos" to Thomas or "Wm" to William. Type the name or the abbreviation as it was written in the record.
  • If an individual’s name was listed with various spellings on the card, include all variants, separating each with the word Or. For example, if a name was written as "Georgios (George), George Broski, George Browzowski, or George Brzozowski," you would index the name fields as follows:
    • Given Names: Georgios Or George
    • Surname: Broski Or Browzowski Or Brzozowski

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