FamilySearch Indexing: US, Michigan—Muriel Obituary File, 1930–1970, Project Updates
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Recent changes to the "How To" library include a new presentation on how to index overlays. View There is a link to the "How To" library on each project update page.
View a presentation on how to index obituaries.
If an image does not contain an obituary, death notice, or similar death record, select No Extractable Data Image in the Image Type field. Documents that show only a cross-reference do not contain an obituary or similar death record and should not be indexed. Click here for an example.
Do not index records for individuals unless they were actually mentioned in the obituary. Click here for examples of when to add records for spouses whose names were mentioned together (for example, Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson or George [Mary] Johnson).
Grandchildren: All of the following should be indexed as Grandchild (or Grandson or Granddaughter, as appropriate) in the Relative's Relationship to Deceased field: spouses of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their spouses, and step-grandchildren and their spouses. Click here for an example.
Grandparents: All of the following should be indexed as Grandparent (or Grandfather or Grandmother, as appropriate) in the Relative's Relationship to Deceased field: great-grandparents, step-grandparents, and so on.
The project instructions said, "When indexing the names of parents, if two parents were listed, you can assume that the first parent listed was the father and the second one was the mother unless other evidence in the record indicates otherwise." Please do not make this assumption. If the gender of the parents are not otherwise indicated in the obituary, DO NOT assume the gender by the individuals' names or by the order in which they were listed; index the records instead with Parent in the Relative's Relationship to Deceased field.
When two newspapers are recorded on the same document, you should index the name of both newspapers in the order they appear. Click here for an example.