Yesterday we launched three new projects, Consular Reports of Marriages (these records record marriages abroad that were reported to the U.S. consulates), California, San Diego County Burial Permits and California, San Diego Mortuary Records. All three projects are pretty straight forward and easy to key and have a mix of typed and handwritten records - so if you’re looking for a new project to spend some time on these three are all great candidates.
One change I want to point out is that we have changed the Location field standards for these projects – and future projects. The instruction of “Key as seen.” is given and what this means is to key what is listed in the particular location listing on the record with the exception of entering periods. We will no longer be using semi-colons to separate locations, unless stated to do so in the Field Helps. Here are a few examples.
1. If the record states the place of death was 854 Tenth St you should key it as 854 Tenth St – exactly as seen.
2. If the record states the place of birth is New York City, N.Y., U.S.A it should be entered as New York City, NY, USA. The only punctuation removed are the periods.
3. If the record has the burial place as Mt. Hope Cemetery it should be entered as Mt Hope Cemetery.
4. If the location of shipment is listed as Los Angeles, Cal. it should be entered as Los Angeles, Cal – leaving off the period.