US, Missouri—County Marriages, 1806–1969 [Part P] [M9YY-W81]
We aren't supposed to assume gender but this record just says parties-not bride and groom, so do I make the obvious assumption? Also, the record number, some are using the page number of the book where the original record is recorded, I want to blank all those out, is that correct?
I couldn't open the batch to look at the image.
If the gender is not on the image and no title (Mr, Miss, etc) appears on the image, do NOT make the assumption of the sex based on name. Indexers are not editors: We just type what we see unless the project instructions and field help say otherwise.
As for the page number, sorry I can't help you on that since the batch doesn't open.0
I can't open the batch either. But, regarding whom to index in which field, absent title/prefix information that @samshicat mentioned, I would index the first party mentioned into the first field in the default form (Groom) and the second one mentioned in the second field (Bride) and let the researchers sort it out. This procedure involves no assumptions, just a practical solution. It is most likely also the correct assignment under the practices of the time.
But, regarding the Reference Number, those Indexers using the original page number might be correct. It sounds like you're describing a Marriage Index. From the What To Remember About This Project section of the Project Instructions, here are instructions on the Reference Number field. Note the third bullet item:
- The Reference number refers to the page number, record or volume number, or license or certificate number. Any of those numbers shown on a document can be indexed in this field as stated in the priority list.
- If multiple reference numbers are recorded, only type 1 of them in the reference number field, based on the following priority:
- Page Number
- Record or volume number
- License or certificate number
- For entries on a marriage index, type the appropriate reference number associated with the entry on the index, not the page number of the index itself.
Is this an example of what you are referring to?:
https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/batch/be3aa379-86a7-4025-832a-dc84f9237c31 [Batch: M9YY-7TD]
If so, see also query: https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/120095/i-need-clarification-on-names-and-reference-numbers-for-this-project#latest
Usually it is the groom that is listed first (as John mentioned). The Batch from the other inquiry shows otherwise. It obviously depended on the scribe recording the original information.0
There is a clue it the batch at the end of the first link as to which column lists the brides and which the grooms
From the left column.2