DISCREPANCY IN THE PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS FOR US, Pennsylvania, Western District—Naturalizations, 1820
The reviewer instructions for this project tell us:
- If a document behind an overlay shows a record that should be indexed in this project and the document is not shown on another image in the same batch, index as much of it as you can see. This instruction is an exception to the "General Indexing Guidelines" and should only be used for this project.
Unfortunately, the project instruction for the indexers never say this:
How to Index Overlays
- An overlay is a document or note that partially covers another document. Some images show 2 pages—1 page is covered or partially covered by an overlay, and the other page is a record that is normally indexed.
- If the overlay shows a record that should be indexed in this project, index the overlay.
The General Guidelines link will tell the indexer not to index any information under the overlay. Do not try to index any information underneath the overlay that may be visible.
FACTS FOR PETITIONS DOCUMENTS
The instructions do not address the Facts for Petition documents. Are they being considered depositions and will not be indexed? If they are being indexed, does the indexer do a look back to the previous image to capture the wife's name? Or does the indexer create a document without the primary's name and index only the wife's given name (and surname if it has been written) and her birth year?
RECORD NUMBER FIELD HELP
Why does the field help for Record Number say:
Do not index the page number or petition number in this field.
And then later it says:
If each document has a different record number, index the Record Number from the Petition of Naturalization.
Why are we indexing United States on some of the Petition example and not the other?
On the How To Index Petition for Citizenship, only Pennsylvania is indexed.
Why aren't we indexing all of the locations on other documents?
On the combination image, clearly the locations of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and United States are seen on the Declaration. Those locations are not included in the indexed example. They have omitted Pittsburgh and Allegheny.
Indication of Gender
Since the petitions also use the word "he" in the sworn to statement, shouldn't that identify the petition as a Male in the How To Index a Petition for Naturalization, 1? The example does not have Male indexed.