US, West Virginia—Will Books, 1756–1971 [Part B]


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Be sure to search each image carefully as you determine the correct image type. An image may include more than one page and may contain more than one record.

When you have identified the content of the image, click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image contains the first page of a will, select Normal. Then continue to the next image.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain the first page of a will, but instead has only subsequent pages of a will or other types of documents, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then continue to the next image.

Click here to see an example: Normal

 

Page Number

Page Number

The page number is usually located in the upper left or right corner of the page.

If you find a will with two different page numbers on it, index the lowest page number.

If the document does not have a page number, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 429

 

Given Names

Given Names

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose will it is).

The name is often written more than once on the will, with the given names usually at the beginning of the will. Look through the entire document, and type the most complete version of the name. 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, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given 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: George S

 

Surname

Surname

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose will it is).

The name is often written more than once on the will. Look through the entire document, and type the most complete version of the name. 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, Sr, Jr, 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: White