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Image Type Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click the on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image, or is unreadable, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image. If this is the last image of the batch, submit the batch.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Surname Surname

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose naturalization it is).

The surname was often written before the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field. 

If an individual’s surname is listed on the naturalization card with various spellings, include all variants, separating each with the word “or.”

         For example, if a name was written as Joseph Broski, Joseph Browzowski, or Joseph Brzozowski you would index the name fields as follows:

         Surname: Broski or Brozowski or Brzozowski 

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Abbey

Given Names Given Names

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose naturalization card it is).

The given names were usually written after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field. 

If an individual’s name is listed on the naturalization card with various spellings, include all variants, separating each with the word “or.”

         For example, if a name was written as Georgios (George) you would index the name fields as follows:

         Given Name: Georgios or George 

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: George Casimer

Naturalization Town or City Naturalization Town or City

Type the name of the town or city where the naturalization took place. If the town or city of the event was not specifically designated on the form, type the town or city in which the event was recorded.

If the city was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the naturalization city was not recorded but a county was, do not index the county.

If the town or city was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Minneapolis

Naturalization State Naturalization State

Type the state where the naturalization took place.

If the state was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the state was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Illinois

Birth Town or City Birth Town or City

Type the name of the town or city where the birth took place. 

If the town or city was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written excluding punctuation.

If the town or city was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Flekkefjord

Birth Country Birth Country

Type the country where the birth took place.

If the country was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If multiple countries are listed on the naturalization card, include all countries, separating each with the word “or.”

       For example, if a birth country was written as Germany-USA, you would index the Birth Country field as follows:

       Birth Country: Germany or USA

If the country was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Lithuania

Birth Year Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full, four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the age was recorded instead of the birth year, do not index the age, and do not calculate a birth year based on the age that was listed.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank

Click here to see an example: 1909

Naturalization Year

Naturalization Year

Type a four-digit number for the year of naturalization. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the naturalization was denied, be sure to still index the naturalization year that was recorded on the image.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1941


 

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