US, Massachusetts—State Vital Records, 1841–1920 [Part B]


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 data on the image does not match one of the record types being indexed in this project, or if it is the back of a birth or death record, 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

Record Type

Record Type

This project includes three record types:

To select the record type:

  1. Click in the Record Type field.
  2. Click the down arrow at the right side of the field.
  3. Click the correct record type.

Click here to see an example: Death

Page Number

Page Number

Type the page number that was recorded in the upper-right or -left corner of the page.

If the page number was not recorded, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 6

Register or Entry Number

Register or Entry

On death certificates, the register or entry number was generally written or printed at the top-right corner of the page. On registers, the entry or register number will usually be in the margin next to the record or at the beginning of the record, but it may also be included in the record itself.

If there is no register or entry number, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example for a birth record: 203

Click here to see an example for a marriage record: 3

Click here to see an example for a death record: 1660

Event Town or City

Event Town or City (Rev. 5/14/2013)

Type the name of the event town or city where the event (birth, death, marriage) took place. If the event town or city of the event was not specifically designated on the form, type the event town or city in which the event was recorded.

The event town or city was generally recorded at the top of the form. The name of the event city or town may be recorded as part of the pre-printed form.

If the event town or city 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written in the record, excluding punctuation.

If the event town or city was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Providence

Event County

Event County (Rev. 5/14/2013)

The event county was generally recorded near the top of the form. The name of the event county may be recorded as part of the pre-printed form.

Do not assume or look up the event county if the event town or city was recorded. For example, if Boston was recorded on the record and a event county was not, do not assume Suffolk is the event county. 

If the event county 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written in the record, excluding punctuation.

If the event county was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Bristol

Event State or Country

Event State or Country (Rev. 5/14/2013)

Type the event state or country where the event (birth, death, marriage) took place. The name of the event state or country may be recorded as part of the pre-printed form.

Do NOT index the event state or country of the event unless it is listed on the record.

Do not assume or look up the event state or country if the event town or city or event county was recorded. For example, if Boston was recorded on the record and a event state or country was not, do not assume Massachusetts is the event state or country. 

If the event state or country 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written in the record, excluding punctuation.

If the event state or country was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Massachusetts

Click here to see an example: Rhode Island

Birth Month

Birth Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month 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: Jan

Birth Day

Birth Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day 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: 10

Birth Year

Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the year.

If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, try to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. In this project, all records are from 1841 to 1920. 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: 1916

Child's Given Names

Child'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 the Given Names field.

On registers there may be a letter in parenthesis, such as Y, C, or T, following the child's name. These are refer to race and should not be indexed with names.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or infant, 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: Walter

Child's Surname

Child'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.

On registers there may be a letter in parenthesis, such as Y, C, or T, following the child's name. These are refer to race and should not be indexed with names.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or infant, 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.

Do not assume the child's surname from the parents' surnames. 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: Hennessey

Child's Titles or Terms

Child's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Jr, baby, stillborn, twin, or infant, that were recorded with the name. 

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Child's Gender

Child's Gender

Type either M (male) or F (female).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as a son or daughter, or from other indications in the record, such as relevant titles and terms. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender 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: F

Father's Given Names

Father'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 the Given Names field.

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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Patrick

Father's Surname

Father'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 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.

Do not assume the father's surname from the child's surnames. If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Hayward

Father's Titles or Terms

Father's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the father's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Jr

Mother's Given Names

Mother'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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Theresa

Mother's Surname

Mother'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 or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Mulligan

Mother's Titles or Terms

Mother's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, that were recorded with the mother's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Marriage Month

Marriage Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month 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: Jan

Marriage Day

Marriage Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day 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: 1

Marriage Year

Marriage Year

Type a four-digit number for the year.

If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, try to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. In this project, all records are from 1841 to 1920. 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: 1916

Groom's Given Names

Groom'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 the Given Names field.

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 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: William

Groom's Surname

Groom'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 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: Mulcahy

Groom's Titles or Terms

Groom's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the groom's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Given Names

Bride'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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, 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: Rose

Bride's Surname

Bride's Surname

Type the bride's maiden name and any surnames from previous marriages in this field, with the maiden name first.

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 or Mrs, 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: Lufkin

Bride's Titles or Terms

Bride's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, that were recorded with the bride's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Father's Given Names

Groom's Father'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 the Given Names field.

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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: William

Groom's Father's Surname

Groom's Father'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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Mulcahy

Groom's Father's Titles or Terms

Groom's Father's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the groom's father's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Mother's Given Names

Groom's Mother'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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Annie

Groom's Mother's Surname

Groom's Mother'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 or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Sliney

Groom's Mother's Titles or Terms

Groom's Mother's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, that were recorded with the groom's mother's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Father's Given Names

Bride's Father'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 the Given Names field.

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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Ernest

Bride's Father's Surname

Bride's Father'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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Lufkin

Bride's Father's Titles or Terms

Bride's Father's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the bride's father's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Mother's Given Names

Bride's Mother'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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Eleanor

Bride's Mother's Surname

Bride's Mother'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 or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Roff

Bride's Mother's Titles or Terms

Bride's Mother's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, that were recorded with the bride's mother's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, 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 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: Aroline P

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: Pratt Soule

Deceased's Titles or Terms

Deceased's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the deceased's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Deceased's Gender

Deceased's Gender

Type either M (male) or F (female).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as a son or daughter, or from other indications in the record, such as relevant titles and terms. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: F

Deceased's Spouse's Given Names

Deceased's Spouse's Given Names (Rev. 5/14/2013)

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 the Given Names field.

Do not assume the name of the informant is the name of the deceased's spouse. Only index the informant on the record if it states specifically that it is the deceased's spouse. 

If the deceased was a marrried, divorced, or a widow woman, her husband's name will be lised under her name on the register.  Click here to see an example.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs, 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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: John M

Deceased's Spouse's Surname

Deceased's Spouse's Surname (Rev. 5/14/2013)

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 assume the name of the informant is the name of the deceased's spouse. Only index the informant on the record if it states specifically that it is the deceased's spouse. 

If the deceased was a marrried, divorced, or a widow woman, her husband's name will be lised under her name on the register.  Click here to see an example.

Do not include titles or terms, such as 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Soule

Deceased's Spouse's Titles or Terms

Deceased's Spouse's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, Mr, or Mrs, that were recorded with the spouse's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Death Month

Death Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month 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: Feb

Death Day

Death Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day 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: 8

Death Year

Death Year

Type a four-digit number for the year.

If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, try to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. In this project, all records are form 1840 to 1920. 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: 1916

Deceased's Age

Deceased's Age

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

When the word "Infant' is recorded on the document as an indication of the age, 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: 95

Deceased's Father's Given Names

Deceased's Father'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 the Given Names field.

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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Simeon

Deceased's Father's Surname

Deceased's Father'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 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Pratt

Deceased's Father's Titles or Terms

Deceased's Father's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the deceased's father's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Deceased's Mother's Given Names

Deceased's Mother'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 the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Alice

Deceased's Mother's Surname

Deceased's Mother'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 or Mrs, 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 Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Waterman

Deceased's Mother's Titles or Terms

Deceased's Mother's Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, that were recorded with the deceased's mother's name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.