I have several suggestions to improve the quality of indexing of Bahamian records:
- There needs to be a standard location for Fortune Island. Many folks got married there, so there are lots of records. I can see not standardizing every church or parish, but it would be helpful to have the general location on the standard list. Otherwise, they're getting listed as generic Bahamas, or accidentally to the Philippines.
- The handwriting of the many clerks who recorded births and deaths and marriages is not quite the same as current cursive or printed English, leading to odd indexing. Here are three problems I've seen often:
- Very fancy 'x', as in Exuma or Delavaux, is interpreted as 'sc', leading to Escuma and Delavausc.
- Many times 'n' is indistinguishable from 'u', leading to Acklius Islaud, and many misspelled names.
- Occasionally a double 's' is written like a loopy 'p', along the lines of the German ß, causing some of the numerous Moss family to be indexed as Mop, and I believe I saw something like Nicholass turned into Nicholap, although I can't find it right now.
- I don't exactly know how to screen for these oddities, but it might be helpful to warn indexers about them.