US, New Jersey—1905 State Census


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Account for Every Record on the Census Form

  • Each census page has 50 entry lines. If an entry line on the census form is blank or has no data to be indexed, mark the record as blank in the data entry area. Be sure to mark the record as blank in the same order as it appears on the census form.
  • To mark a record as blank, click in a field in that line, and press Ctrl+Shift+B, or do the following:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Record Blank.
  • In some cases, the census taker may have written more than 50 entries on a census form. If a form has more than 50 entries or if the image you are indexing includes two census pages, please add enough records in the data entry area to match the number of records on the image.
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the total number of records on the page.
    4. Click OK.

Multiple Names on a Census Entry Line

  • Sometimes after a name was recorded, other individuals were referred to in addition to the main person whose name was listed on the record, such as "James Brown and Mother" or "James Brown and Brothers." Do not create additional records or index information about these other individuals, unless a name was given for them, such as "James and John Brown." In this case, index separate records for James Brown and John Brown.
  • If more than one name was written on the same census entry line, use the same line number in the Line Number field for both records.

Damaged Pages

  • Some census pages were damaged and are unreadable. When an entry line or part of an entry line is unreadable, mark the record or the field as unreadable, and continue to index the records or fields that are readable.
  • To mark a field as unreadable, press Ctrl+U, or do the following:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Field Unreadable.
  • To mark an entire entry line (a record) as unreadable, press Ctrl+Shift+U, or do the following:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Record Unreadable.

Highlights and the Ruler

  • Highlights are available for this project.
  • If highlights do not appear on your image and you want to use them:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Click Show Highlights. If Show Highlights is turned on, that option will have a check mark next to it.
  • The highlights may not line up with the image. To adjust the highlights to fit the image:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Click Adjust Highlights.
    3. Move the cursor over the image, and all highlights will appear.
    4. To adjust the highlights, click on and drag an indexing field or a corner of the red outline to the proper location.
  • Adjusting highlights may be tricky. A key to successfully aligning the highlights with the fields is to first adjust the red outline to encompass the area where the fields are located and then to move the indexing fields to the proper locations.
  • The ruler is also available. If you choose to use the ruler, please be aware that the ruler is not anchored to the indexing screen and does not automatically move as you move to a new entry. To use the ruler:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Select Show Ruler.

Handwriting Helps

  • Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher difficult handwriting.
  • To access this resource, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill) on the toolbar just above the data entry area.