Can I assume this information is correct or not?
I know that imaging instructions say not to assume anything except what you see in the image, however in this batch, US, Virginia—Birth Records, 1853–1900[M3QZ-DHT], the first entry of the birth register lists Rappahannock County as the birth place then every line below just says "Do" in legible cursive. I assume that means ditto. I already checked and there is no Do county in Virginia. I'm loathe to mark it as blank because there is something written in the field, but I don't think it's accurate information. Is it better to leave 39 out of the 40 register entries blank, Enter the county name as Do (it could be an So) or list them all as Rappahannock county?
Melissa S Himes ✭✭✭✭✭
Yes the Do is ditto for Rappahannock and you may index Rappahannock for every birth place. You would never index "Do". On the Father's Residence though you will be indexing Rappahannock for entries 1 and 4-8, but, then you will have to index Rappk for entries 15, 17, 20-24 and so on since the Field Help says not to correct misspellings or expand abbreviations.
That is beautiful handwriting.
Here is a training article from the Help Center:
How do I index ditto marks?
Article Id: 950
, Published November 14, 2020
If a record has a ditto mark or other sign of repetition, type the corresponding information from the previous record or field. Do not index the word "ditto" or the ditto mark itself. Other signs of repetition may include the abbreviation "Do" or a vertical or horizontal line.
Note: Sometimes you will have to depend on contextual information to determine whether a mark indicates repeated information from an earlier record or field, or whether it means something else, such as that no information was given for that record or field.1