Australia, Victoria—Wills and Probate Records, 1865–1925 [Part D]
Hi all - apologies for once again posting something that is not actually a question but...
The Australia, Victoria—Wills and Probate Records, 1865–1925 project is back (yay), with much more intelligible instructions (double yay). This is such a great project for family historians because the documents (once located due to our indexing and perused by the researcher) provide all manner of information: occupation, residence, family members, sometimes a list of possessions. It's really wonderful information
Last time the project stalled in a whirlpool of never-ending corrections until it was withdrawn and I can see a risk that it will happen again.
I think the instructions are clear, but I have seen errors already - eg this batch [M32M-G69]
When indexing, the starting message includes the following instruction:
Some documents may continue across multiple images. Index the information on the first page of a probate record or will, using additional information from the following images. When all available fields have been indexed, the other images should be marked in Step 1: Images as No, No Extractable Data.
When reviewing, the starting message includes this:
Please ensure ALL relevant information from subsequent related images is indexed with the first image for each new person. Check that subsequent images are marked No, No Extractable Data and each entry is for a new person. Check to verify that the residence of the “late John Smith” has not been indexed in the Will or Probate Place field.
[the italics is my emphasis]
So the intention is to have one indexed entry for each new person (not each new document or cover sheet). The information in that entry will come from all the images in the batch that relate to that person, all collected and entered in just one entry (and all the other pages are marked NED)
Let's hope we manage to get this project done and published quickly, because it is of great value.
All the best