F & A Pickering Hardware in US—City and Business Directories, 1749–1990 [Part C] [M3WP-62N]
I am reviewing this batch and have noticed that this business name is recurring on several pages of the City Directory. Some indexers have entered it and some leave it out. I have been adding an entry for F Pickering and A Pickering, but since I now know this is repeating, Am I correct in adding these or not?
Thank you. Just trying to do a good job. I review over a thousand records a month.
Mike (Michael) A. Kapel
I see T & A Pickering Hardware in one of the ads, and that should generate two Entries, one with GN= T and SN= Pickering, and one with GN= A and SN= Pickering. Every ad should be inspected, and any individual’s name found should be indexed, even if there is only a Surname. For example the ad for Schmitt, Weigel & Co would require two Entries with just the Surnames Schmitt and Weigel, respectively.
Also be sure to catch employer mentioned in the listings (e.g. from your Batch, Heinbuch, John, bar k. Henry Krockenbrink’s) both John and Henry should be indexed - John works for Henry. And look out for mention of someone in whose home the individual in a listing might be living. That latter person (“landlord”) would get indexed too.
Here is the guidance on this from What To Remember About This Project part of the Instructions:
- Index names of employers and employees. When indexing business names, index the names of individuals only. For example, "The Ad Book" would not be indexed, but "Barner Kehlenbeck Wines and Liquors" should be indexed. In this case, you would create 2 entries: one for Barner (surname) and another for Kehlenbeck (surname). Do not index occupations or terms such as "banker," "policeman," "M.D.," or similar terms.
Thank you. That is what I have been doing. Sometimes it is nice just to have a confirmation that we are following procedures. My wife and I are retired and index about 100 entries a month and Review quit a bit more.2
You’re welcome, Michael. Keep up the good work.0