My perspective will be from someone coordinating a group.
Up to about 6pm Monday, April 30th
Questions come via Google Groups & Facebook page
Can be easier to browse than search
TNGenWeb 1940 Census Indexing Update
TNGENWEB1940 CENSUS INDEXING Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, MPH TNGenWeb State Coordinator www.tngenweb.org May 2, 2012
ABOUT OUR INDEXING GROUPCurrently 37 membersTNGenWeb Coordinators + our researchers and site visitorsGoogle Groups Discussion List to share experiences ask questions for me to share updates motivation among the group
TNGENWEB STATISTICS – APRIL 2012 TNGenWeb Project Number of Records Indexed/Arbitrated Weekly (April 2012)45,00040,00035,00030,00025,00020,000 39,91515,000 26,51610,000 16,895 14,006 5,000 0 Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4* * Week 4 includes spans April 23 - April 30
COMMON INDEXING CHALLENGES What to do when household number entered in wrong column? Lines with words on them instead of census data (e.g. end of patients in the hospital) Marking images as “blank” even if there is some information on the top of the page (maybe 1 line), but nothing else. Aligning the highlights Reading “-------------” as ditto or blank? Gender & Relationship agree – index it? When to put a “dash” after “Step” = (e.g. step -daughter) – use Lookup List.
COMMON ARBITRATION CHALLENGES Cities/Counties – spelled incorrectly ar to be fixed if you determine right spelling – yet, getting marked as incorrect by arbitrators if you spelled it correctly and not as enumerated Names arbitrators correcting spelling, even if not enumerated that way arbitrators seeing indexers doing the same – correcting spellings even if not enumerated the same “Please Residence in 1935 Review” R being arbitrated as “Rural” instead of “R” Same House/Same Place – seeing indexers not mark other two fields as blank Person < 5? - Even if Same House/Same Place entered seeing indexers not marking all 3 fields blank; and vice versa
USGENWEB CAN HELPUSGenWeb provides genealogical resources for every county in the UnitedStates. Check each county for aids as you index - http://www.usgenweb.org Surnames – can of ten browse, which can save time vs. search Surname lists Indexed census records – can of ten browse by name 1935 Residence Each state has a list of the Pontotoc County, Mississippi counties in the state Check for counties, cities, and proper spellings