City and Business Directories - Confirmation of Old Guidance
Review Batch Name: US—City and Business Directories, 1749–1990 [Part C][M341-HMK]
I've paused my Review of this Batch to ask for an update or confirmation of prior FS guidance. Thank you.
MY Question/Request is: Moderators, please consult with the current Project Managers of the City and Business Directories Project to confirm whether guidance for earlier Parts of this Project (given a year or so ago) still applies. It has to do with how to index alternative spellings of surnames. (e.g., Reed, See also "Read" and "Reid"). Should this type of interjection (which is easy for Indexers to skip over) be ignored? Or should the Surname Reed be indexed as Reed or Read or Reid? FS told us then to treat them as "aliases" and use the OR construction. Not everyone liked it, but this was the "command decision" at the time.
Below are the details.
The list of names in this batch starts with the Surname Reed is the sentence: See also "Read" and "Reid" at the end of the list of individuals with Surname Reed.
Later, at the end of Surnames Reeder, we find: See also Rieder.
Likewise, for Reedy, we find: See also Reidy.
We - The Indexing Chat Group - encountered this type of construction in earlier Parts of this Project and asked for guidance from the Project Managers via Family Search Support. The direction was: Treat those See also names as aliases and so index, for example, the Surnames as Reed or Read or Reid instead of just Reed. Likewise, for the other instances of this type of instruction.