Indexing VA birth records, but there are no headers to the columns!
I am trying to index some Virginia birth records. The sheet is typed and lovely and easy to read, but for one fatal flaw: there are no column headers on the page. With no headers on the page, it's impossible to tell which name is father, mother, or child, and I've no idea what the numbers in the last column are for. Should I mark this as not indexable? Should I make assumptions that the columns are last name, baby name & gender, father's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth, and unknown? Or what?
- Looking at before and after reference images, NONE of them have column headers anywhere.
- The sparse information per row also makes surnames difficult. As written, the surname can only be written in one place and seems to apply to the full row. Should I then use that surname for every person (mother, father, child) on that row? Or leave surnames of parents blank because it's bad to assume?
- For no other reason but insatiable curiosity, I would love to know what the asterisks by some rows mean. Any insight would be wonderful!