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Tennessee Early Land Registers

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Tennessee Early Land Registers

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 5:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Jan 2013 5:56PM GMT
I know it is tedious, but if you are working on the Tennessee Land Registers and you are keying a Land Record image, you need to read through the entire description or you will likely miss names (reading through and deciphering also helps you pick up the handwriting quirks). Quite a few of these are poor image quality (too faint or too dark or just difficult handwriting). Using High Contrast or fiddling with the Image Options in your Keying Tool helps. Also, for those of you new to keying or keying documents before the 1900's, watch out for the double "ss" within words/names which were written as what looks like a backwards "f" or "fs" or "p" (I've attached a few examples). "Jepe" or "Jefe" is often mistakenly keyed for "Jesse".
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