Record Usage and Interpretation

Handling of multiple spelling corrections of a word/phrase in a transcription

Dear Editor;

In a 230,000-word WW1 transcription, I am encountering multiple instance of "VILLERS-lez-CAGNICOURT". In this particular type military history text, geographical names are (by convention) shown in capital letters, except for "joining words." As such, the correct spelling would be "VILLERS-lès-CAGNICOURT" or possibly "VILLERS-les-CAGNICOURT." 

Unfortunately; the occurrences of errors, in a fairly short list of places, are so numerous that using the quote-and-square-bracket method of showing corrections would severely disrupt the flow of the text.

War Diary Transcription - Standards?

Dear Editor;

In order to review the war diaries of Canadian units in the First World War, one often needs to convert the hand-written or typescript image copies into a more legible form for further analysis. It's a rather laborious process and not one that I'd like to have to repeat. So; I'd like to ask your opinion on whether a rigorous adherence to "classical" transcription guidelines is really warranted given the following circumstances.

Levels of confidence

So I'm trying to be much more careful about the words I'm using to express confidence in my reports. While I fully agree with the listing from 1.6, how do I inform the readers that I'm using that hierarchy? Appendix, footnote, ... I don't see other reports listing that, but not many readers will be able to tease out the hierarchy without a cheat sheet. I'm leaning towards an appendix.

Ancestry database citing FamilySearch

I am going through some old citations in my genealogy software to correct them and I came across about 50 citations from Ancestry's  England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 database. Ancestry is citing the FamilySearch database under the same name. However, when I go to Familysearch very few of the names can actually be found. I ran a general search with the same names, and the baptismal records aren't found in any other database that I could find.

Citing an image of a newpaper article, sent to me by e-mail.

I thought citing this source would be easy, that is until I started to work on it; I seem to be going around in circles!

I have the image of the article, but I do not have the digital source where it was found. I have the name of the newspaper from which the image was taken,  when the article was published, and where it was located in the newspaper. It seems to me that I should include information re the newspaper containing the article, name of data base of the online provider (which I do not know), and the person that sent the e-mail to me. But in which order? 

Citing a Death Certificate

 Dear Editor;

I have a copy of the following 3 documents:

2003-07-22 Death - Corr. from  C. Patterson to Jessie Gauthier (letter) - Murison, Charles
1922-11-05 Death - Medical Certificate of Cause of Death - MURISON, Charles
1922-11-05 Death - Registration of Death - MURISON, Charles

The correspondence of 2003-07-22 was the cover letter for certified copies of the two death-related documents that were requested by my mother (deceased) with my assistance. The entire package was passed to me upon her death.