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Hello again, Leah.
      You can not use <chronlist> inside <indexentry>, but inside
<index>. Instead of your markup, you could use this one:
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     <index>
       <head>Index to Dates</head>
       <p>blah, blah, blah</p>
       <chronlist>
         <chronitem>
           <date>1906 Dec 3</date>
           <event>G12</event>
         </chronitem>
       </chronlist>
       <indexentry>
         <subject>[or other indexentry child, but not directly
text(*)]</subject>
       </indexentry>
       ...
     </index>
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but you should provide a content for at least one <indexentry> element.
     Consider other places to insert your <chronlist>: there are about
36 (**) other elements where you can place it, apart from <index>, and
this element is, IMHO, intended to contain elements such as names
(pers-, corp-, fam-, geog-, -) or subjects, that generally conform
indexes. You CAN precede your <indexterm>s in your <index> by a general
<head>, a series of <p>s, <chronlist>s or other elements (***), and a
particular <listhead>, but you MUST use at least one <indexterm>. If you
dont't know what to do with this <indexterm>, maybe you should use the
Mark's solution:
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     <indexentry>
       <namegrp> [or <ref>]
         <note>
           <p>[blah, blah, blah]</p>
         </note>
       </namegrp> [or </ref>]
     </indexentry>
-----
     I don't know why EAD imposes this and other restrictions. Maybe, as
Mark said, there is somebody listening who can explain.
     Regards.
     Tomás.

NOTES:
(*) namegrp, corpname, famname, geogname, name, occupation, persname,
subject, genreform, function, title.
(**) accessrestrict, accruals, acqinfo, altformavail, appraisal,
arrangement, bibliography, bioghist, blockquote, controlaccess,
custodhist, daodesc, descgrp, div, dsc, dscgrp, event, extref,
extrefloc, fileplan, *index*, item, note, odd, originalsloc,
otherfindaid, p, phystech, prefercite, processinfo, ref, refloc,
relatedmaterial, scopecontent, separatedmaterial, titlepage, userestrict
(***) address, list, note, table, blockquote

> I have tried so many combinations at this point - I'm not sure what
> result I have gotten with what, but when I try
>
> <index>
>         <head>....</head>
>         <p>.....</p>
>         <chronlist>
>                 <chronitem>
>                         <date>1906 Dec 3</date>
>                         <event>G12</event>
>                 </chronitem>
>         </chronlist>
> </index>
>
> then I am told that <chronitem> is an unexpected child element.
>
> Leah Prescott
> Manuscripts and Archives Librarian
> Collections Information Technology Coordinator
>
> MYSTIC SEAPORT
> The Museum of America and the Sea
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>
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