US, Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part A]


Project Instructions



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  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
  • Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates to these instructions.
  • Click here for a summary of project updates.

Damaged Pages

  • Some records 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. Click 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.

Records per Image

  • The data entry area is set at one record per image. You may occasionally need to add records in the data entry area to match the number of records on the image. Click here to see an example of when you would need to create an additional record. To add records:
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.
  • To help identify the number of records on an image:
    1. Click the Image Navigation tab in the bottom right corner of the screen.
    2. Click and drag the dark gray box with your mouse to move around to all areas of the image.

Overlay Images

  • Some images may include overlays.
  • Index all information that is visible on the image.
  • Do NOT mark overlays as duplicates. Index each death record.

Corrected or Crossed-Out Information

  • When information is crossed out and then replaced, type the new data in the appropriate fields.
  • When the information is crossed out, is not replaced, and can be read, type the crossed-out information.
  • If information is not crossed out but is replaced or has been added to, type the most complete version of the record.
  • When the information is crossed out, is not replaced, and cannot be read, mark the field as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+U.
  • When no entry on a record can be read, mark the entire record as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U.

Duplicate Images

  • At times, an image in a batch is a duplicate of the previous image.
  • If you see a duplicate image, index the version of the image that is the easiest to read. It is acceptable to combine information from the duplicate record onto the one being indexed if it is easier to read some of the information on the duplicate.
  • Mark the other image as a duplicate by doing the following:
    1. Click the Header Data tab.
    2. Click in the Image Type field.
    3. Select Duplicate Image from the list.
    4. Press Enter or Tab.
    5. Click Yes on the warning message.
  • Finish indexing the rest of the images in the batch.
  • Some images appear to be duplicates but aren’t actually duplicates. Some records, for example, may contain information that is similar to the information on another image. Before you mark an image as a duplicate, make sure it is an exact duplicate of the previous image.

Blank and No Extractable Data Images

  • Do not index blank forms or the back of forms. The back contains information about military service and the deceased's spouse.
  • If an image is blank or all forms on the image are blank, mark the entire image as blank.
  • If an image contains only information that does not need to be indexed, mark it as a No Extractable Data Image.
    1. Click on the Header Data tab.
    2. Click in the Image Type field.
    3. Select Blank Image or No Extractable Data Image.
    4. Press Enter or Tab.
    5. Click Yes on the warning message.
  • Finish indexing the rest of the images in the batch.

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