Talk:FamilySearch Indexing: US, District of Columbia-Deaths, 1874-1959

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Question: I downloaded batch # 004259153[119] US, District of Columbia Deaths for arbitration.
The 2nd and 10th images are Certificates of Death from the District of Columbia. There is no Death date listed, but there is a burial date.
Should the burial date be indexed in the death date fields, or should the death dates be left blank?

Answer: You may have already submitted this batch by now, but this could come up again.  That's ok to index the burial date in the death date fields.  This is done often in the UK parish records projects where it asks for burial date, but death date is often given. Because of the wide variety of images in a project like that, that's ok here too.  --VasquezJL 18:32, 12 August 2010 (UTC)


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Question: I downloaded batch # 004259153[19] US, District of Columbia Deaths 1875-1959 for arbitration.  It has 10 images total

1st image is a death certificate, 2nd image is a burial permit

3rd is d.c.,  4th is "Transportation of Dead Bodies"

5th is d.c., 6th is "Transportation of Corpse"

7th is d.c., 8th is burial permit

9th is d.c., 10th is "transmit permit"

the information on the burial permit, transport documents repeats the info on the death cert. and may have additional information such as transportation of body to Fitchburg, Mass.

Should the burial, transport documents be indexed ?  Many of them are marked as <no extractable Data>

Answer: Yes, those should all be indexed.  This is a common problem where we see indexers marking those images as no extractable data.  --VasquezJL 20:48, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Indexing Details

Question: When the place of death is listed as Washington DC, how is this to be indexed in the city, county, and state fields? Does it all go in the city field, or does "District of Columbia" go in the county (or state) field?--Oxxguy 01:57, 30 August 2010 (UTC)