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These instructions explain how to use each field under the tab Header Data or Form Entry found in the lower left corner of your screen after you have opened a batch.

Image Type (under Header Data) This field is used to describe the image quality. 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 normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If there is no information to be indexed because the image is blank, a duplicate, has no extractable data, or is unreadable, select one of these options. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then submit the batch.

Page Number (under Header Data) If a page number was recorded, it is usually at the top or the bottom of a page.

Index the page number in this field.

If no page number was recorded or contains a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.


The rest of these fields are found under the Form Entry tab. Remember, each entry on the page should have it's own Image-Record number. You can adjust the amount of Image-Record numbers by clicking on Tools and then Records per Image at the top of your indexing screen.


Record Type The records were written in different formats depending on who recorded them and when they were recorded. Many of the images do not have headings to describe what the records are, nor what the information is, that was recorded. It will be necessary to carefully review each record to determine what type it is and to identify the information for the requested fields.

Click in the Record Type field, and then click the down arrow at the right side of the field to select the correct record type that describes each record.

Births and Baptisms (Födelse och dop) These records generally have a child's given name, birth and baptism dates, a place of residence, and one or both parents' names.

Engagement and Marriages (Lysning och vigsel) These records can usually be identified by the names of a bride and groom. They will normally include the marriage date and residences of the bride and groom. Occasionally the bride's parents will be recorded.

Deaths and Burials (Död och Begravning) These records generally have the name of the deceased, death and burial dates, a residence, and the age of the deceased.

If other types of records such as "move in and move out" or "accounts" documents are found, mark these as a No Extractable Data Image in the Image Type field.

Entry Number An entry number was sometimes recorded for each record. It was sometimes at the left side of a record, in the center just above a record, or on the right end of a record.

If no entry number was recorded or contains a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field

Death Year The year is usually located at the top of the image or next to the first record or event of the year.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If there is no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, check the previous or next image to help determine the year.

Type what was written on the record if the previous or next images do not help.

Do not include descriptive words, such as: "about" or "abt."

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

Death Month The death date and the burial date were usually recorded together with the death date written first.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

Do not include descriptive words, such as: "about" or "abt."

If the date of the event is written as a Feast Day, convert the Feast Date into a standard calendar date. Click on the following link for a tool to make the conversion:

Moveable Feast Day Calendar for Sweden

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

Death Day The death date and the burial date were usually recorded together with the death date written first.

Type only the one- or two-digit number that represents the day.

If the date of the event is written as a Feast Day, convert the Feast Date into a standard calendar date. Click on the following link for a tool to make the conversion:

Moveable Feast Day Calendar for Sweden

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

Burial Year The year is usually located at the top of the image or next to the first record or event of the year.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If there is no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, check the previous or next image to help determine the year.

Type what was written on the record if the previous or next images do not help.

Do not include descriptive words, such as: "about" or "abt."

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

Burial Month The death date and the burial date were usually recorded together with the death date written first.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

Do not include descriptive words, such as: "about" or "abt."

If the date of the event is written as a Feast Day, convert the Feast Date into a standard calendar date. Click on the following link for a tool to make the conversion:

Moveable Feast Day Calendar for Sweden

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

Burial Day The death date and the burial date were usually recorded together with the death date written first.

Type only the one- or two-digit number that represents the day.

If the date of the event is written as a Feast Day, convert the Feast Date into a standard calendar date. Click on the following link for a tool to make the conversion:

Moveable Feast Day Calendar for Sweden

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

Deceased's Given Names 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the given names, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, spädbarn, etc.

If a given name was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

If you want to compare the given name that you see click on Scandinavian Given Names

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in this field.

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

Deceased's Surname The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type the names into the correct fields on the indexing screen.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, spädbarn, etc. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If a surname was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in the Given Names field.

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

Deceased's Residence Residence information was generally a farm or a village and was often recorded following the person's name and the words "i" or "ifrån" or "af."

Type the name of the village or farm just as it appears on the record. If it has been abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name.

Use the Lookup list on the drop down menu to the right of the field, or see the suggested tools on the Determine Swedish Parish Name and Place Names for further assistance.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

Do not use commas or other punctuation marks to separate multiple levels of localities.

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

Gender Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or if it can be determined by the relationship as a son or daughter. If you can identify the gender based on the given name or other information in the record, do so.

Type either M for male or K for female.

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

Deceased's Age Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded or a child was stillborn, index the age as 0 (zero).

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

Spouse's Given Names The given names may be written either before or 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the given names, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If you want to compare the given name that you see click on Scandinavian Given Names

If a given name was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

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

Spouse's Surname The surname may be written either before or after 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If a surname was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

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

Deceased's Father's Given Names 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the given names, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If a given name was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

If you want to compare the given name that you see click on Scandinavian Given Names

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in this field.

If the given names were not recorded or contain a variation of the word unknown, press Tab to skip this field.

Deceased's Father's Surname The surname may be written either before or after 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If a surname was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

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

Deceased's Mother's Given Names The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the name 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the given names, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If a given name was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

If you want to compare the given name that you see click on Scandinavian Given Names

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

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

Deceased's Mother's Surname The surname may be written either before or after 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.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname, such as: den äldre, den yngre, fru, fröken, jungfru, etc.

If a surname was abbreviated, and you can determine what the full spelling is, enter that. If you cannot, type the name as it was written on the document, and omit any punctuation marks.

Do not change the spelling to a modern standard.

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


 

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