World Archives Project: Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925 (Part 3)

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The Belfast News-Letter began publication in 1737 as the Belfast News-Letter and General Advertiser and is in the running for the title of oldest continually published, daily English-language newspaper. The News-Letter contains both local and international news and advertisements.

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Project Instructions This collection contains images of The Belfast Newsletter that contain birth, marriage or death notices.

Key all notices that contain a birth, marriage or death event. This may include births, engagements, marriages, deaths, obituaries and memoriams. You should only be keying vital events from notices that were published specifically to announce the vital event. Do not key any vital information from regular news articles.

Many notices will not include an event date. These notices should be keyed with the information available.

Gender will need to be inferred for an individual based off whether they are a son or daughter, husband or wife, mother or father of an individual, or by gender specific prefixes. If gender cannot be reasonably inferred, then leave this field blank.

When multiple relationships appear in a notice, only key a record for the primary person. For example, in an obituary where it states "William Collins was the husband of Charlotte Collins, and the father of Catherine Collins," key "William Collins" into the name fields and "Charlotte Collins" into the spouse name fields. DO NOT create another record with "Catherine Collins" as the primary, "William Collins" in the father name fields and "Charlotte Collins" in the mother name fields.

Project Form Types and Field Helps
Newspaper Page
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data


Newspaper Page

BelfastNewsletter NewspaperPage 1.JPG

Choose the "Newspaper Page" form type when the image contains notices of vital events.

Newspaper Page Keying Instructions

Notice Type

Key the type of notice using the dictionary. Options are: Birth, Engagement, Marriage, Death, Obituary, and Memoriam. Notices are grouped together in sections on the image. When switching to the next notice type, you must add a new section (F11 or click the "add a new section" icon) and then key the new notice type.

Note: In some cases the notice was placed under the wrong heading. When this happens, key the correct notice type for the record.

Event Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the event date. If the year in the date is not given in the notice, the publication year at the top of the image should be keyed. If no event date is present, you may leave this field blank.

Event Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the event date using the dictionary provided for assistance. If no event date is present, you may leave this field blank.

DO NOT key the event month from the publication date at the top of the image.

Event Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the event date. If no event date is present, you may leave this field blank.

DO NOT key the event day from the publication date at the top of the image.

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

On birth and death records "son", "daughter", "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as prefixes if no name is given for the child. If "child of Robert Ferrars" appears, key "child of" as a prefix then key the father name as Robert Ferrars.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For records where the notice type is "Engagement" or "Marriage," key the groom's name into the name fields and the bride's name into the spouse name fields.

On birth and death records "son", "daughter", "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as prefixes if no name is given for the child. If "child of Robert Ferrars" appears, key "child of" as a prefix then key the father name as Robert Ferrars. If multiple children are listed in a birth record, key each child as a separate record.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

For records where the notice type is "Engagement" or "Marriage," key the groom's name into the name fields and the bride's name into the spouse name fields.

On birth and death records "son", "daughter", "stillborn", "child", "unknown", or "not stated" may appear. Key these as prefixes if no name is given for the child. If "child of Robert Ferrars" appears, key "child of" as a prefix then key the father name as Robert Ferrars. If multiple children are listed in a birth record, key each child as a separate record.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Gender

Key the gender as an abbreviation. Gender will need to be inferred for an individual based off whether they are a son or daughter, husband or wife, mother or father of an individual, or by gender specific prefixes. In some cases "male" and "female" will appear next to a name. On marriage records, key male for the primary person and female for the spouse, unless the name suggests otherwise. If gender cannot be reasonably inferred, then leave this field blank.


Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record. Residence place is typically found after the word "of." Example: "Shaw of Dublin."

Do not key street addresses or names of hospitals. If the hospital name contains a geographical location, key the geographical location only.

Event Place

Key the event place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Event place is typically found near keywords "at" or "In."

Do not key street addresses or names of hospitals. If the hospital name contains a geographical location, key the geographical location only.

Event Age

Key the age as seen at the time the record was recorded. If present, age may be found next to the word "Age" or "Aged."

Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120" or certain acceptable fractions for ages displayed in months only. If an age includes years, months, and/or days key only the years. For example, "10 years, 7 months" would be keyed as "10". If an age includes both a year and a fraction, key only the year. For example, "3 3/12" would be keyed as "3". If an age appears only in months, key age as a fraction. For example, "7 Months" would be keyed as "7/12" and "18 Months" would be keyed as "18/12". If an age is expressed in weeks, days, or hours, "0" (zero) should be keyed as the age. For example, "3 weeks" would be keyed as "0" and "8 weeks" would be keyed as "0".

Father Given

Key the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the father of the primary person as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For engagements and marriages the primary person is the groom.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

For engagements and marriages the primary person is the groom.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Mother Given

Key the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the mother of the primary person as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For engagements and marriages the primary person is the groom.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother of the primary person as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

For engagements and marriages the primary person is the groom.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For records where the notice type is "Engagement" or "Marriage," key the groom's name into the name fields and the bride's name into the spouse name fields.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

For records where the notice type is "Engagement" or "Marriage," key the groom's name into the name fields and the bride's name into the spouse name fields.

Spouse Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Gender

Key the gender of the spouse as an abbreviation. Spouse gender will need to be inferred for an individual based off whether they are a son or daughter, husband or wife, mother or father of an individual, or by gender specific prefixes. On marriage records, key male (Groom) for the primary person and female (Bride) for the spouse, unless the name suggests otherwise. In some cases "male" and "female" will appear next to a name. If gender cannot be reasonably inferred, then leave this field blank.


Spouse Father Given

Key the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the father of the spouse as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For engagements and marriages the spouse is the bride.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Spouse Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the spouse as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

For engagements and marriages the spouse is the bride.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Spouse Mother Given

Key the first name or initial with any middle names or initials of the mother of the spouse as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

For engagements and marriages the spouse is the bride.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Spouse Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother of the spouse as seen on the image using the dictionary provided to assist you.

For engagements and marriages the spouse is the bride.

If a person's parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly," the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the surname "Knightly" is the only thing that should be keyed for the mother. If the parents' names appear as "Mr. & Mrs. John Knightly (nee Isabella Woodhouse)" then the father's name should be keyed as "John Knightly" and the mother's name should be keyed as "Isabella Woodhouse."

Newspaper Page Image Samples



Cover page, Section header, etc.



Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Image with no data



Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.