Solving Mysteries with Searchable Archives

Solving Mysteries with Searchable Archives

I recently accompanied my 5th-Grader on a field trip to the Utah State Capitol and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) Museum. As we passed the capitol on the west side, we our school bus drove by the Capitol Hill Ward where my grandparents first met in 1932. At the DUP Museum next door, we had a scavenger hunt with the students. As we were checking items off our list, I walked past these photos.

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They were part of a larger exhibit on pioneer Charles C. Rich and his family.  I was immediately struck by the similarity between the lettering on the photo captions and our grandmother’s lettering. Could it be hers? I asked docents at the DUP if anything could be learned about the donor and date of donation, but unfortunately, there was no additional information.

But what evidence could I discover within our own family archive on Kindex? Even though the archive is only partially transcribed, I was certain I could find some clues. A quick search of “DUP” and “lettering” gave me answers in seconds. Let’s look at the connections.

Connection 1: Employment and Skill

Dorothy Smith did odd jobs hand-lettering for various local businesses. A quick search for “lettering” in her Kindex archive confirms this, revealing a list of lettering jobs she did in the early 1930’s.

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Hobbies  Dot  JOBS Employment

3 Feb ’32 Clerked at “Everybody’s Store’ sale today (1.50) (script)

13 June ’32 – got show card order – Fred Bich[…]

Also job to tint 22 charts for NDA.

Jan 16 / 34 Kress Store clerk & Decorator 14.00 wk

Mar or Apr 33 thru Aug 34 Lettering signs after May 1/34 earn 17. – 20. wk

6 Dec 33 Hand-lettered some charts for Pres. B B Stringham

3 Feb

14-19 Dec 1931 – 7.65 earned from Christmas and orders from friends or kin.

Also 5.00 making 16 show cards for Realsilk Co. thru Chas. Jarman.

1.50 for business cards.

Connection 2: Physical Proximity and Record of Visit

In the same record as above, under the heading of “Church Work”, she mentions a visit the DUP Museum which was situated near her home.

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Connection 3: Handwriting Comparison

In her archive are many examples of lettering she did for various family history projects.  This connection compares Charles Rich photo captions with examples of Dorothy’s own lettering in her Book of Remembrance, also found in her Kindex archive.

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Connection 4: Family Connection

A final connection is a family one. My own 2nd Great Grandfather, Charles Rich Clark, was acquainted with Charles C. Rich family, as they both had families in the same towns in Southern Idaho.

Conclusion

While Dorothy has some variance in her lettering style with the use of script and various embellishments, there is a strong similarity between the writing in the Charles C. Rich photos and the writing from her own Book of Remembrance. I see a strong resemblance especially in the numbering. Below is a selection of Dorothy’s writing pasted on to the Charles C. Rich photo image.

While there is not direct evidence to support that she indeed did the lettering, there is strong circumstantial evidence that she did. What do you think?

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Dorothy’s lettering in center.

It’s fantastic that this type of research takes just a few minutes when you have a searchable arhchive. With our built-in indexing tools, your family records can be searched in seconds, making solving mysteries like this fast and easy. Haven’t tried Kindex yet? Head on over to kindex.org and start your free archive.

Announcing new batch & collections features for your Kindex archive

Announcing new batch & collections features for your Kindex archive

Kindex is excited to announce the release of two major software updates that enable Kindex users to customize and grow their archives in powerful new ways.

1. Add & Organize Records into Collections

Archive owners can now create Collections within their archives to organize their records. With collections, you can organize your records any way you wish. For example, your collections can be named as family names, record types, dates, or subjects.

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2. Add Multiple Records & Assign Record Info (Metadata) to a Batch

You may now add multiple records to your archive quickly and easily, with the added benefit of designating Record Info (metadata) to a batch of records. This feature allows users to apply common metadata to an entire batch of records, instead of applying metadata individually.  Metadata may include Record Info such as descriptions, provenance, dates, places, and keywords. Metadata can also be added and edited in batch form from  your archive’s Gather page.

Step 1: To add multiple records, click “Add Records”, and select “Upload from my computer”.

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Step 2: Select your records. If you don’t know how to select multiple files at once from your computer, hover atop the link “How to Batch Upload”.

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Step 3: Assign your batch of records to a collection, or add a new collection for them to be placed, and review your upload progress. At this point, you may opt to add Record Info (metadata) as a batch now, or individually later.

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Step 4: Add Record Info to your records.

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What’s Next?

The following enhancements are currently in development and will be released soon:

  • Manually order your Collections
  • Nest a Collection within a Collection

Upgrade Now

If you don’t already have an Unlimited + Collaborative Kindex Archive, now is the time to upgrade and take advantage of these amazing tools. Please contact us with an questions you may have, and happy batching!

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Indexing on the Kindex Lost & Found Archive

Indexing on the Kindex Lost & Found Archive

Thanks for being amazing and  indexing on found.kindex.org! See the instructions below for indexing records on the Kindex Lost & Found Archive. For a general overview and instructions, see links below.

Getting Started on Lost & Found

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  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for a Kindex account.
  2. Note when you sign up on Kindex, you receive your own free archive (up to 50 records) with a custom subdomain.
  3. After you sign up, navigate to found.kindex.org and choose a record to index.
    Note: If you are a collaborator on this archive, you will see the “found” archive in your archives list.found
  4. A purple checkmark means the record has already been indexed, and “transcribe” means it’s ready to be indexed!

GO TO THE KINDEX LOST & FOUND ARCHIVE

Indexing photos

Transcribe & Describe

All photos in found.kindex.org should have some indexable text. Sometimes the text is written on or around the photo, and sometimes it is written on the back. If you need to add any of your own comments or clarification in the transcription, please include it within double brackets [[  ]].

  • Type what you see. As with any transcription project, type what you see. Don’t correct spelling, expand abbreviations, or add anything that’s not there (except when using brackets [[ ]] if needed).
  • Index a description of the photo. If there is no text on the photo itself, add a description that will help it be more searchable. Add an image description by clicking on the image tool above the transcription window. A numbered image box will appear where you can add your description.
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Add an image description by clicking on the image tool above the transcription window.

  • Photo captions or descriptions. Add the photo caption or description. If it’s on the next page, be sure to add a page break.

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  • Studio mark. If there is a studio mark, be sure to include it.

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  • If you are finished with your transcription, click Submit. Otherwise, click Save for Later.

Tagging & Adding Metadata

After you do the transcription you will go to the Tag step. Here you can additional information that can help this record be sorted and found.

Note: this step is optional. It is not necessary to fill out any or all of this information. To skip or complete this step, click Submit.

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GO TO THE KINDEX LOST & FOUND ARCHIVE

Indexing Postcards

The same guidelines apply when indexing postcards.

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Postcard 0016 on found.kindex.org

Note that postcards have additional areas of information, such as postmarks, and captions to images. Because Kindex does not yet have unique indexing fields for each type of data being transcribed, it is helpful to indicate within double brackets [[ ]] the type of information indexed, as shown below:

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GO TO THE KINDEX LOST & FOUND ARCHIVE

For Record Owners & Collaborators

If you have been invited to be a collaborator on an archive, you will be able to add records to that archive to be indexed. Please note the following:

  • Records added to this archive must have some sort of indexable text that would identify the record to an individual or group.
  • Collaborators who add records to Kindex archives retain copyright ownership. By adding records to Kindex, you are grant Kindex a license to host and create a derivative (i.e., an index) of your records.
  • Record owners may watermark their images so much as the watermark does not detract from or obscure any part of the record.
  • You must follow all Kindex Terms & Conditions. (You have an opportunity to review them when you create a free Kindex account.)
  • Kindex has the right to remove records that don’t comply with terms and conditions.

Important: As of 03.28.2017, you can only add one record at a time, but batch upload capabilities are set to be released by April 7th. This tool will also enable you to batch assign Record information such as descriptions and provenance.

Thank you for being a record rescuer!

GO TO THE KINDEX LOST & FOUND ARCHIVE

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What’s New on Kindex.org

Updated 03.27.2017

March Software Updates:

  • Upgrade to a Collaborative Archive to transform your archive into a destination where friends or family can help gather, index, and search—or simply enjoy reading family records. Invite unlimited people at no cost to them.
  • Set your Collaborative Archives to public or private.
  • Access your archive via your custom subdomain.
  • Add an Archive Name and Description to help users identify and learn more about your archive.
  • Start a crowdsource indexing by choosing a public collaborative archive. Jumpstart your indexing by allowing any Kindex user to transcribe and tag your records. Public archives also help others to discover and connect to your archive.
  • New FAQ Page.

Learn more about Collaborative Archives and Public vs. Private Archives.

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What’s Next:

Guys, we’re pretty excited about these updates coming up next!

  • Organize records into collections
  • Batch record uploads
  • Batch macro data tagging

 


Updated 02.05.2017

We are excited to announce the Release of Kindex 1.0 at RootsTech 2017. Here’s a rundown of recent software updates, new pricing, and what upcoming features you can look forward to.

 Software Updates for the week of February 5th 2017

  • Simplified record uploads
  • Record tagging (names, dates, places)
  • Archive search capabilities
  • Kindex user accounts (no FamilySearch login requirement)
  • Reserve your archive subdomain
  • Simplified FamilySearch Memory imports
  • Expanded fields for gathering record data
  • New transcription text editor tools
  • New Manage Archive tool with payment processing

New RootsTech Pricing

Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of special RootsTech pricing.

  • Sign up for a free archive (up to 50 records)
  • Add Unlimited records: $10/month
  • Add Unlimited + Collaborative: $15/month or $150/year (Pre-Sale only*)

*Subdomains and collaborative features (invite tools and multiple user access to archives) will be available soon. Users will be notified when their subdomains are ready.


What’s Coming Soon

  • Batch record uploads
  • Access your archive via your custom subdomain
  • Invite and collaborate with multiple users in your archive (users access free)
  • Organize records into collections
  • Write records to FamilySearch
  • Improved record type filtering
  • Download your complete archive to a CSV file

The Next Big Thing

  • Kindex Projects (create custom indexing fields and tags for your archive)
  • KinSnap mobile app development
  • Custom home pages for collaborative archives
  • Organize records into collections
  • Earn indexing credits and pay less for your subscription
  • Kindex-sponsored record gathering events
  • Integration on FamilySearch.org

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