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Indexing Project Updates: US, Vermont – Vital Records, 1760-1954
Links to Project Instructions

Please review the project instructions at the links below before indexing batches. Review the information below the links for updates/revisions to the original project instructions.

Project Home Page | Project-Specific Instructions | Field Helps

Project Revisions and Reminders

Common Indexing Mistakes:

  • Not indexing letters of correction.  Index letters of correction as stand alone documents.

  • Typing in the state when it is not on the record. If the state was not written or stamped on the form or was written as a variation of the word unknown, press Tab to skip this field.

  • Indexing the state when not recorded as the place of the principle event. Type the state or country where the event (birth, death, or marriage) took place. Do not record place of residence or place of parent's birth.

  • Assuming surnames from another person on the record. If a child is only recorded with a given name, do not assume a surname from the parents.

  • Assuming gender from the given name.

  • Indexing the backs of the cards.

    • Field Helps state: If you are looking at the front of a card that does not indicate the state or country, go the previous or next image to see if the information was recorded on the back of the card. If it was, then return to the image of the front of the card to index the information along with the names and dates. Then return to the image of the back of the card, and mark the image of the back of the card as No Extractable Data.

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