Antigua and Barbuda—Slave Returns, 1742–1863[M3V5-L3C]
Since the community was so helpful in answering my previous question about indexing these types of "Slave Returns" records, I'm hoping you can guide on another question. This batch that I'm indexing https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/batch/ae092d93-99a4-4b3d-a8b6-495b4230016f has multiple "returns" listed on the single page. The witness/notary (GWW Ledeatt) appears to be the same person, but I'm not sure it's safe to assume that. That witness/notary also appears to be the same person listed on the page multiple times with the full name George Wickham Washington Ledeatt.
So, since there's no other identifying information for me to use in determining duplicate/unique, how many times do I enter each of those two names? I'm not sure how to follow the Project Instructions that state "When names are exact duplicates, meaning that all required fields are the same, index only the first instance of the name listed." The required fields are the same, but that's only because some of them are designated blank. Does that still count as "fields are the same"?
P.S. I'm loving the awesome flourishes on that signature. I feel like I need to start signing everything that way. 🤩
Melissa S Himes ✭✭✭✭✭
The goal is to get the researcher to the image and they will see all the duplicate names. The only thing in this project that would make a name unique would be a difference like an added middle initial, an age, or a gender (i.e., Shirley a male and Shirley a female would each get an entry).
You would index George Wickham Washington Ledeatt once and GWW Ledeatt once if you didn't know it was the same person.
But, you know it is the same person because he makes the statement "I George Wickham Washington Ledeatt do swear that the returns ..." and then signs it "So Help Me God, GWW Ledeatt". The witness is Nicholas Nugent.
So, I would index George's given name as a name variation with the "or" instruction: Given Name: George Wickham Washington or G W W3
I get it now. I appreciate the clarification.