Virginia Vital Records-1715-1901 Birth Registry
I am working on the batch US, Virginia—Vital Records, 1715–1901[M395-FDJ]. I am currently indexing a birth register from 1860.
There are several entries in the "Name of Child if Named" column with "Slave" listed as the name. Furthermore, their owners are listed in the place where the father's name would be recorded. I cannot find anything in the instructions that specifically addresses this.
I know that "Slave" is not a proper name; however, there is nothing else to put in that field. The place of birth is blank as well. Should I put the word "Slave," what is actually written on the document, into the first name field and then leave the surname field blank or should I leave both fields blank?
The name in the father's field is identified as the owner. While it is possible the owner might have been the father, that is not specified. So do I leave the fields for the parents' names blank or do I put the owner's name even though that is likely not the child's parent?
I have read the instructions a few times but I'm worried that I am not reading it correctly. Thank you so much for any help!