question on DO?
On this batch under the name Lena Nider, it has a line that just says DO.
Is this for Ditto? or something else? I've seen a few of them with DO listed under family member names, possibly for same given name relative(?)
And I'd had a break from indexing and reviewing so I'm trying to remember stuff I forgot.
Do is a variation of ditto, so you'll only index Lena Nider and Louise M F Nielsen once.0
So you are thinking its not a same name relative but just like a second listing of the same person such as for maybe them having a second building? Like a shop address or something?0
Hi Russell. Welcome Back to indexing. Since we are only indexing unique names for this project, it doesn't matter if they have a second shop address, or even if they are a relative with the same name.
The project instructions for this project tell us:
- Index each unique name. Some names may be duplicated. When names are exact duplicates, index only the first instance of the name listed. Skip the other exact duplicates and then index the next unique name. When the middle initials or the given names or surnames are spelled differently, please index these unique names.
You would not make the Entry 3 for Howard, since the image says the given name is Howard C, which an exact duplicate to the one the indexer created in Entry 2.
Since you are coming back from a break in indexing, it is always good to refresh the memory by reading the General Indexing Guidelines at the end of the project instructions. There is a section on how to handle ditto marks. Indexing some batches before you jump back into reviewing, or when you start a new project, is a good habit. Indexing uses different parts of the brain and encourages us to read the project instructions and field helps moreso than reviewing. You'll be back up to speed in no time!0
Exact duplicates are there for when someone, say me, goes looking for a relative. Now say your next batch has 15 Jacob Edwards' and "Do" written after the first one. I know that he lived at 123 Main Street in Boston in 1912. I enter his name and a another term, such as 1912, Boston or Massachusetts (or all three). My search takes me to the batch that has the 15 Jacob Edwards'. Using the address, 123 Main Street, I discover that my Jacob was the 5th one down--the 4th to have "Do" under it--and real estate of 3500.
I don't know when the exact duplicates started, but my first encounter with them was the City Directories about 2 years ago. Those were neat to do, but had a ton of John Smiths and Jerry Johnsons. Can you imagine having to do 40+ John Smiths in a row? My toes still curl at that thought.0