I work at a small library and have been given the task of digitizing part of our historical collection, 3 large scrapbooks filled with birth, death, marriage notices from 1880-1920ís, and turning it into a searchable database. Currently I have almost finished the hand written indexes of the data and am moving towards inputting this into the computer. My idea would be once the pages are digitized I would be cropping each event individually and have a separate record for each one.
However, for some things I would need to have multiple search returns for the same picture. For instance, an obituary might have the name Mrs. Sarah Brown and also list her maiden name of Miss Sarah Green and I would want the search to return the same image if both names were search for. Is this where metadata comes into play? I was thinking of something along the way that the Library of Michigan did to digitize death records on this site: [seekingmichigan.cdmhost.com
I have no idea on where to start and any help would be great, let me know if I need to provide any more information on this or if something wasnít clear. Or point me in the right direction if I happen to be in the wrong forum.