piece of information held in the database is acompanied by the
appropriate date. When conflicting dates for an event are
found, these are invariably recorded and the most logical chosen as
the 'master date' - which appears in all the standard reports.
avoid the confusion and mistakes which often accompany earlier
dates, pre-1752 format has been used - e.g. 5 Jan 1695/6. See
'conventions' for more information.
with dates, every event recorded on the database is automatically
tied to the source of the information, stored under such generic
headings as Primary Manuscript and Secondary Printed. In many
instances, when the whole source has been entered it is only
necessary to record the source and folio/page. In other
instances, more detail has been recorded when, for example, an
isolated list is encountered in a multi-subject' source.
This additional information can be made available but does not appear
in the standard reports. See 'conventions' for more information.
certain serial publications it is more practicable to enter edition
rather than page information. A typical case might be
information about a ship extracted from a Navy List. In this
instance, the edition and year are recorded, e.g. 01/18 for January
edition, 1818, the century being obvious from the event date.
Likewise, entries from paybooks refer to the line number rather than
abbreviations are used for location of sources, such as BL for