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General Information

Sample Images

1910 indian schedule.jpg

Skill Level: Beginning

This project is recommended for new volunteers who are still becoming familiar with the indexing process and system.

Characteristics of This Project

  • There are two types of forms for this project.
  • Usually 50 records per image.
  • Contains only one image per batch.

Description of the Records

  • The 1910 U.S. Federal Census is handwritten on typed forms.
  • The Population schedules usually contain 50 records per image.
  • The Indian Schedules usually contain 20 records per image.

Additional Information

  • Basic indexing guidelines: For all projects.
  • Field-by-field helps: A list of all field helps.

Access Restrictions

The completed index will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published. The digital images will be accessible to active FamilySearch account holders once an authentication system is put in place on Record Search. Until authentication is available, the images will not be accessible.

How To Help With This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To do this, click here.
  • After you register, sign in to the indexing application, click the Download Batch... button, and select this project name from the list.


Project-specific Indexing Instructions

Account for Every Record on the Page

The data entry area is set at 50 records per image to match the Population Schedules. However, some pages may contain more or less than 50 records. All entry lines that are not needed must be marked as blank after all the records on the page have been indexed.

To mark an entry line as blank

  1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
  2. Select Mark Field/Record.
  3. Select Mark Record Blank.

Or

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+B.

To add entry lines

  1. On the menu bar, click Tools, and then click Records per image.
  2. Type the total number of records on the page, or click the up or down arrow to select the number of records on this image.
  3. Click OK.

Please remember to index all records in the order they appear on the page, regardless of line numbers. Do not mark records (or entry lines) as blank until the end of the batch.

How to Index Places

  • When a place has been misspelled, spell it correctly.
  • When a place has been abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation.
  • Use the lookup lists for assistance. However, if you are not sure what the locality should be, type the name of the place as it was written on the census.
  • If a race or nationality was recorded in any of the Place of Birth fields, only index the place of birth. For example, "Nor Norwegian" would be indexed as "Norway."

How to Index Ages

  • When anything less than a month is written for the age, enter a 0 in the Age: Month field. For example, 3 wks or 2 days would be indexed as 0.
  • When a fraction is used, change the fraction into months. For example, 0/12 would be indexed as 0; 1/4 would be indexed as 3 in the Age: Month field.

What to Index from the Previous Image

The image you download may begin with a partial family. The head of the household and other members of the family may be recorded on the previous image. The surname and the family number may have been written only once for the first member of the family. It needs to be repeated for each family member.

If the enumerator began recording a family at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page you are indexing, you should be able to find the surname or family number from the previous image by doing the following:

  1. On the menu bar, click View.
  2. Click Show Previous/Next Image.
  3. The previous or next image will be the image you see on the right side of the double screen.
  4. Click the Previous Image button.
  5. Scroll to find the last surname or family number on the previous image.
  6. Type the surname or family number for each person in the family on the page you are indexing.
  7. Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous/Next Image.

How to Use the Ruler

Because this project has two different types of registers, the highlights will only work for the Population Schedules. You may choose to use the ruler to follow the record across the page for the Indian Schedules. If so, please be aware that the ruler is not anchored to the indexing screen and does not automatically move as you move to a new entry. To see the ruler, follow these steps:

  1. On the menu bar, click View.
  2. Select Show Ruler.

Handwriting Helps

Most of these records are handwritten. It may be helpful to view the handwriting help now available on the data entry screen.

To access this help, on the toolbar just above the data entry area, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill).

Field-by-field Help

To see a complete list of the field-by-field helps for this project, click here.

Image Type

Describe the image above. To do this, click in the Image Type field, and then click the down arrow at the right side of the field. Select an option from the list.

If the image is a normal census schedule and has information to be indexed, select Normal.

If there is no information to be indexed because the image is blank (or contains a form with no names on it), a duplicate, has no extractable data, or is unreadable, select one of these options. Then press Tab or Enter, and on the warning message, click Yes.

Click here to see an example: Normal

County

Type the county that was recorded in upper left corner of the image. If the county has been misspelled, spell it correctly. If it has been 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 there is any question about what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written excluding punctuation.

If the county 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: Bristol

Sheet Number

Type the sheet number that was recorded in upper right corner of the image.

If the sheet number 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: 5

Sheet Letter

Type the sheet letter (A or B) that was recorded in upper right corner of the image.

If the sheet letter 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: A

Family Number

Type the family number that was recorded in column number 2 of the image.

The family number is usually written only once next to the first name listed for each family. However, it needs to be repeated for all members of the same family. If the enumerator began recording a family at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page yoiu are indexing, you should be able to find the family number from the previous image by doing the following:

  1. On the menu bar, click View.
  2. Click Show Previous/Next Image.
  3. The previous or next image will be the image you see on the right side of the double screen.
  4. Click the Previous Image button.
  5. Scroll to find the last family number on the previous image.
  6. Type the family number for each person in the family on the page you are indexing.
  7. Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous/Next Image.

If the family number was not recorded, was written as a variation of the word "unknown," or cannot be determined from the previous image, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 80

Surname

Type the surname that was recorded in column number 3 of the image.

The surname may be written either first or last on the record. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type the names into the correct fields on the indexing screen. There will be names from other cultures included. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in the Given Names field and mark this field as blank.

The surname may have been written only once for the first member of the family. However, it needs to be repeated for each family member. If the enumerator began recording a family at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page you are indexing, you should be able to find the surname from the previous image by doing the following:

  1. On the menu bar, click View.
  2. Click Show Previous/Next Image.
  3. The previous or next image will be the image you see on the right side of the double screen.
  4. Click the Previous Image button.
  5. Scroll to find the last surname on the previous image.
  6. Type the surname for each person in the family on the page you are indexing.
  7. Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous/Next Image.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname, such as: Sr, Jr, Baby, Infant, Mrs, etc. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

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

Click here to see an example: O'Neil

Given Names

Type the given names that were recorded in column number 3 of the image.

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type the names into the correct fields on the indexing screen. There will be names from other cultures included. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in this field and mark the Surname field as blank.

Do not include titles or terms with the given names, such as: Sr, Jr, Baby, Infant, etc. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If a given name was abbreviated, type the name as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If the 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: John

Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, Baby, Infant, or Mrs, that were recorded in column number 3 of the image.

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

Click here to see an example: Jr

Relationship

Type the relationship that was recorded in column number 4 of the image.

If the relationship has been 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 there are ditto marks, type the relationship from the previous record.

If the relationship 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: Son

Gender

Type the gender that was recorded in column number 5 of the image.

Type either Male or Female.

If there are ditto marks, type the gender from the previous record.

If the gender 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: Male

Color or Race

Type the color or race that was recorded in column number 6 of the image.

If the color or race has been 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 there are ditto marks, type the color or race from the previous record.

If the color or race 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: White

Age: Years

The age was recorded in column number 7 of the image.

If the age indicates years, type the number in this field. Do not type a "y" after the number.

Do not index descriptive words, such as: "abt" or "full age."

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

Click here to see an example: 28

Age: Months

The age was recorded in column number 7 of the image.

If the age indicates months, type the number in this field. Do not type an "m" after the number.

Do not index descriptive words, such as: "abt" or "full age."

When a fraction is used, change the fraction into months. For example, 0/12 would be indexed as 0; 1/4 would be indexed as 3 in the Age: Month field.

When anything less than a month is written for the age, enter a 0 in the Age: Month field. For example, 3 wks or 2 days would be indexed as 0.

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

Click here to see an example: 6

Marital Status

Select from the drop-down list the marital status that most closely matches what was written in the record in column number 8.

To see the drop-down list: 1. Click in the field. 2. Click the down arrow. If there are ditto marks, type the marital status from the previous record.

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

Click here to see an example: Widowed

Place of Birth

Type the place of birth that was recorded in column number 12 of the image.

If the place of birth has been misspelled, spell it correctly. If it has been 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If a race or nationality was recorded in this field, only index the place of birth. For example, "Nor Norwegian" would be indexed as "Norway."

If there are ditto marks, type the place of birth from the previous record.

If the place of birth 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: Florida

Father's Place of Birth

Type the father's place of birth that was recorded in column number 13 of the image.

If the place of birth has been misspelled, spell it correctly. If it has been 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If a race or nationality was recorded in this field, only index the place of birth. For example, "Nor Norwegian" would be indexed as "Norway."

If there are ditto marks, type the place of birth from the previous record.

If the father's place of birth 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: South Carolina

Mother's Place of Birth

Type the mother's place of birth that was recorded in column number 14 of the image.

If the place of birth has been misspelled, spell it correctly. If it has been 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 there is any question as to what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If a race or nationality was recorded in this field, only index the place of birth. For example, "Nor Norwegian" would be indexed as "Norway."

If there are ditto marks, type the place of birth from the previous record.

If the mother's place of birth 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: Alabama Year of Immigration

Type the year of immigration that was recorded in column number 15 of the image.

If the year of immigration 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: 1868



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