Why are these documents being frequently marked as containing no extractable data? (Domiciled Mercha
Frequently as I am reviewing indexed documents for the Chinese Immigrant project, I find the document entitled "Merchants - Domiciled Chinese Merchants" marked as no extractable data, They usually contain numerous names. I just finished reviewing and fixing one that contained 126 names. If this had happened infrequently, it would be understandable. But it has been happening over and over again for weeks. For sure, this is not a list of the passengers getting off the ships. But it does provide information about those passengers. The first column contains the name of someone in the US who knows the passenger. Often it is the name of a company, not a person. So I can see why that name would not be indexed. But midway is a column where the passenger's mother's name is listed, then any brothers and then sisters. Then the very next - and last-column on the page contains the signature of the passenger. It is frequently written in Chinese characters. But for someone who is searching for their Chinese relatives and ancestors, that Chinese passenger name would be very significant and this document contains names of the relatives for the passenger. Also the names should be done in order going across the page, not doing the 1st column all the way down and then the mother's name column all the way down. The names are to be linked to the passenger, so need to be done from left to right all the way before going to the next line.