Use the "event date" on Affidavits of Witnesses for associated Petitions for Naturalization
According to the instructions, we do not index an "Affidavit of Witnesses", so I have simply marked such affidavits as "no extractable data" as instructed. However, their images appeared with associated Petitions for Naturalization to which they were originally attached. On their face the Petitions for Naturalization have no event date--the event dates are on and only on the associated Affidavits of Witnesses. Since correct event dates are present on Affidavits of Witnesses, it would appear that Affidavits of Witnesses actually do have useful extractable data when kept in association with the whole of the document--i.e. the Petitions for Naturalization.
It would appear to be an improvement, providing that the event date can be important and if it is available on the associated Affidavit of Witnesses, that the date should be entered and then these associated document images kept together rather than purging Affidavits of Witnesses.