given name or surname?
I'm indexing VA marriage records. On the current image, there are columns for the husband's father and the "maiden name of mother." There are similar columns for the wife's parents as well. Usually, the recorder will write the father's full name in his column and the first name and maiden name of the mother in her column. This recorder wrote only the father's first name in his column, followed by an "and," which then flows into the mother's column, which gives her first name, a middle name, which I believe is actually her maiden name because they are all common last names, followed by the joint married name. For example, one entry might read, "Robert and Eleanor Adams Robertson," while most batches would read "Robert Robertson" and "Eleanor Adams." But some only give a middle initial for the wife, followed by the married name. Because the top of the column is labeled as "maiden name of mother," do I consider these middle names to be maiden names and index them in the "surname" box, or do I assume the recorder did not follow the instructions at all and record the middle names in the given names box? TIA
Here's the batch I'm working on: https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/batch/b6b8bfda-4508-4aca-87ca-8f2d2daa1d63