When indexing Military Rosters, do I include the period after the middle initial? The instructions for the first name area say "index as written" but I'm not sure if this includes punctuation. Thanks.
It is my understanding that you do not need to include the period unless the instructions specifically tell you to do so. It Is also my understanding that it will not cause a problem if you do include the period.
Hope this helps.
Have fun with your indexing.
The important thing is to read the Project Instructions and the Field Help. If punctuation is required they will tell us so.
"Some punctuation is necessary to include, and some is not. Each project has unique requirements. For detailed punctuation help, be sure to check the project instructions and field helps for the current batch you are working on. "
Personally if there is just one initial, ex. Harp, John S then i dont put a period. But if there are two middle initals Harp, John S. B. i put periods because this : Harp, John S.B. looks better than: Harp, John S B That is just my personal way of doing it.
Since the instructions don't ask us to include it, I don't. But when I am reviewing Muster Rolls, if the indexer put in periods, I leave them. The only change I make is if they forget the space between the initials, such as: "J.K." and I insert a space so it reads: "J. K."