The indexer put a month, day and year on his index, but the document bore no date whatsoever. How can this be?
I answered it in your other post about this:
Also, there are some indexers who will simply guess based on something they saw on another page. It is not supposed to be put in based on a guess, but some will anyway.
Sometimes you can look back at earlier images and find the year and month for what you're working on. The scribes for the project I'm working on would often just say "In said day, month, and year . . . . " and then go on with the record. So you have to look at the previous record to see what day, month, and year they were talking about. Usually, I have found the date within a few records or pages.
This is true for several types of data. Parish, for example. In some batches, the scribe would say, "In this parish . . . " Sometimes, I found the parish mentioned within a couple of pages back, but on one batch, there was NO actual mention of the parish in any of the reference images, forward or back. I had to just leave parish blank for that batch.
@genthusiast What's this "male indexers always make the guess at date ..." garbage ? So a woman NEVER makes a guess?