FamilySearch Indexing: US, Montana, Cascade County—Obituaries, 1880–2002, FAQ

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Question: What should we be doing with the lot owners? Should they be indexed as nonrelatives even if the surname is the same? Or as relatives with the relationship left blank or filled in with the generic 'relative'?

Answer: Even if the surname is the same, if there is no direct indication of relationship, the individual should be indexed as Nonrelative in the Record Type field. (See page 22 of the presentation on how to index obituaries.)

Question: On Images that are an index card, sometimes there is a number beside the name. Should we assume age if it doesn't say Year or Y or age?

Answer: The numbers on index cards sometimes refer to the age and sometimes refer to other things, such as a page or volume number or a section of a cemetery. Do not assume that numbers on index cards refer to the deceased's age unless the number is specifically indicated as the age. Note that this instruction applies only to numbers on index cards.

Question: Going by the instruction for using Parents as relationship field. If Parents names are listed as John and Mary (Smith) Jones, can we use (Smith) to indicate gender as that would be a maiden name?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What is the official way to index nicknames in quotes or parentheses? For example, if a name is recorded as John "Butch" Smith, I have seen the given name entered as "John Butch" and I have seen it entered as "John Or Butch".

Answer: To index a name that includes nicknames or aliases, type the word Or between the given names and the nickname or alias name. In the example you've given, John Or Butch should be indexed in the Given Names field. If you want more information about this rule, please consult this page of the Basic Indexing Guidelines.

Question: Many of the records are from cemeteries rather than newspapers. The name of the cemetery is listed, such as "New Highland Cemetery". A newspaper is not listed. What do we index for "Name of the Newspaper"? (Technically, there is no Newspaper, so it should be blank, but one would think that the name of the cemetery would be valuable information as the source of the information.)