Indexing a record where only the spouse's or parent's name is listed
I'm reviewing Swedish batches where the deceased person is not directly named, but rather is identified in relation to another person, often the father or husband. For example, the first row reads "Lindberg Johan cook". Straightforward enough, but the second row is "Lindberg Johan cook widow":
If left to my own devices, I would list the woman's husband's last name (she was his widow, even if patronymics of the time might not have given her her husband's last name, at least it's a link), and left the first name blank, then in the title for the deceased person list out the husband's name and occupation as well as the woman's designation as widow.
Similarly, a row might read "Lindberg, Johan kock barn" (Lindberg Johan cook child -- the child of a cook named Johan Lindberg.) Can I assume the father's name applies to the child? (Again, naming conventions might suggest the name would be Johansson or Johansdotter rather than Lindberg, but even this could be handled with "Lindberg OR Johansson OR Johansdotter" with the first name blank.)
But the project instructions suggest otherwise:
Swedish: "Om en rad lämnats tom eller om det specifika namnet på den avlidna personen inte var upptecknat hoppar du till nästa rad. Markera varken uppteckningen som tom eller indexera någon annan information om personen i inmatningsområdet. Till exempel, om det i kolumnen för den avlidnas namn står ”hustru till Jakob Anderson”, men namnet på hustrun inte anges, ska du inte indexera den här personen eller någon information om henne."
English: "If a line is left blank or the specific name of the deceased person was not recorded, skip to the next line. Do not mark the record as blank or index any other information about the person in the input area. For example, if the column for the deceased's name says "wife of Jakob Anderson," but the name of the wife is not listed, do not index this person or any information about her."
It's a slightly different case, but seems to apply ... but the indexer has indexed many such rows as I suggested above, and it feels wrong to just delete all that work when it could lead to discoveries. In some cases a batch of 20-30 records would be reduce to just 5-10, leaving children and wives unindexed, often without the husband or father on the same record.
So can someone confirm that the right thing for a reviewer to do is to delete all those if the indexer identified wives or children in these cases by last name only?
Batch name is Sverige, Stockholm—Register till kyrkoböcker, 1546–1927 [Del 8][MS4F-6JS]. It's a common problem in reviewing this project.