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What should we do if there are two obituaries for the same individual on the same image? The presentation on how to index this project only shows examples where there are two obituaries for the same individual on different images (in which case we are to index both separately), one obituary across two or more images (in which case we are to index the information from all images on the record for the first one and mark the rest NED), and 2 obituaries for 2 different individuals on the same image (in which case we are to index them separately, with 2 principals on the same record). The case of 2 obituaries for the same person on a single image is not depicted. Should we combine the information from both obituaries into a single record, or should we index them as separate records with 2 principals?


Answer If there are two obituaries about the same person on the image both should be indexed from left to right without duplicating any names. If names vary in spelling between obituaries then "or" should be used between the variant spellings.

Question: Record matching is such a big help with most other projects because we can adjust the order of the entries of the indexers prior to arbitrating them. I am finding it confusing with some of the obituaries, especially when two obituaries for the same person appear, as in the just prior question. Is it possible to create batches that would allow us as arbitrators to match the individual records within the image? I am finding that when there are so many entries (over 20) no two indexers seem to be able to line up after 5 or 6 names are entered. And both are usually off from what I think it should be shortly thereafter. Then I find myself doing the indexing from that point on. I find the two obituaries on one image nearly impossible.