In batch M3CV-3X3, particularly image 005029850_00119, there are missing parent surnames. There is a given name given, but it's not specified if it's for the mother or father. How am I meant to index this?
This is an odd page since all but one of the children do not have actual birthdates (About 12 months, About 5 yrs, About 7 yrs, etc). There are no occupations for any of the parents, the sponsors are not named, except with the word Nguni. Nguni is also used as a Christian Name, as is Ububu, and MfoKazana.
I don't think those are names. I think they are an ethnic group name or maybe indicating orphans. Nguni are a bantu-speaking people who live South Africa. Ubuntu is a concept that includes the virtues of compassion and humanity. It is also described as a term of the Nbuni Bantu which means humanity. I know it says Ububu, but, the sounds are similar. Mfokazana might be a name, but, MfoKazi also translates into "a stranger" in zulu.
But, I think you would be okay to index the "names" in the Father's given name field since we index names as given names when we don't know if they are given or surnames. The researcher will have to figure out what this all means.
You might want to wait for a day or two and see if someone else has a different answer. Of course you can download more batches and work on them while you wait.
@ Decker, Tad Roland
Because there is only one name written into the Christian column under the Parents' Name heading, it would be appropriate to list that name into the Father's Name fields.
The project instructions state that the completed index and links to the digital images will be freely accessible to the general public when the collection is published. At that time, the researcher will be able to draw their own conclusions or make their own assumptions. We only type what we can see.