How do I document a marriage date when there is no place to do so?
Hi Ashley. Welcome to Indexing. There is a special indexing group that you can click on and ask questions there to get quicker answers. Usually when you click on Help from a batch, it will land you there. If not, when you click on FamilySearch Help above, you will be able to find the Indexing box.
When we index, we are only making a record of a few pieces of information so that researchers can find their ancestors using the search tools. They can then access the images and see the other facts. On these naturalization documents, we don't record their marriage dates, or information about their children, etc. We simply fill in the requested information on the form about the primary person and their spouse.
Each time you click on an indexing field, you will notice a purple question mark pops up. It is important to click on those too since they provide specific instructions about the field. For instance, when you click on the question mark for Record Place, you will learn we don't index descriptive words like county. When information is not available on the record, we use Ctrl + B or Cmd + B (depending on your device) to create a blank in that field. When a spouses surname is not written on the form, like many of these forms where the spouse's first (given) name is just typed in, we don't assume her surname from her husband's surname. The dates are also often found on the next image, which I think is the case on Image 2 of your batch. You would take the date from the Affidavit of Witnesses on the next image (opening the reference images to see that image).
The project instructions and field helps are different for each project, even different within categories - like the New York Naturalization projects may contain different instructions from the New England Naturalization projects. So, we have to read both for each project and refer back to them alot!
Check out the Indexing group - there are thousands of questions that have been asked and people are more than happy to help answer them! There is a lot to indexing and there are several really good videos on You Tube that will explain alot. Getting Started with Kathryn Grant is one I really like.
This includes a marriage date and there is no place to record it. Can a spot be added?
If the indexing project doesn't include a marriage date field, then you don't index the marriage date.
Keep in mind that you are creating a finding aid for the record, not a transcription of it or replacement for it.
Thank you so much for your help!