TNGenWeb 1940 Census Indexing Update

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TNGenWeb 1940 Census Indexing Update

  1. 1. TNGENWEB1940 CENSUS INDEXING Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, MPH TNGenWeb State Coordinator www.tngenweb.org May 2, 2012
  2. 2. ABOUT OUR INDEXING GROUPCurrently 37 membersTNGenWeb Coordinators + our researchers and site visitorsGoogle Groups Discussion List  to share experiences  ask questions  for me to share updates  motivation among the group
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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

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