Regarding Australia, Victoria—Wills and Probate Records, 1880–1998 [Part A]
I've been attempting to index batches in this project and the projects instructions are incredibly ambiguous and confusing. The batch I attempted to index had 20 pages. I came across several court cover pages and affidavits, none of which were for the actual will itself. All of them were affidavits of various persons somehow connected to the estate of the deceased, e.g. spouse, executor, children, solicitors, etc. Not one of the documents were for the actual will of the decedent. Part of the projects instructions say:
- Will and probate documents often continue from one page to another and from one image to the next. Index only the will or probate cover page and the page of the probate or will on which the name of the deceased first appears. Any image that shows only additional pages of the same document should be marked in Step 1: Images as No, No Extractable Data.
Comparing these instructions to the actual images only generates confusion. Each document starts with a cover page followed by an affidavit. Some of the cover pages are an "Affidavit of Surety" among other things. All the cover pages start with "In the Estate of" followed by the decedent's name, but almost all are not the will itself, only some form of affidavit. With the instructions saying, "Index only the will or probate cover page and the page of the probate or will on which the name of the deceased first appears," would mean that almost all the batches would be marked No, No Extractable Data.
So far, after several months, only 56% of the batches have been indexed and only 3% reviewed. I believe that this is because the instructions are ambiguous and do not make sense.