How do I index an ambiguous date?
Eliminating all other details, the death record I'm indexing has a birthdate of 09-01-1970 and death date of 06-12-2006. I am unsure if the dates are September 1 and June 12 or January 9 and December 6. Normally, I would go by the pattern in the other records to see whether the day should come before the month or vice-versa; however, the current batch that I'm working on has both formats in its other records (determinable by numbers greater than 12), so I don't know which is which.
Is there a default that I should go off of? Or would it be better to index this particular record twice so that I can ensure that I have the correct dates?
You're referring to image 2. I think there is enough contextual information in the adjacent images 1 and 3 to deduce that the middle number (mm) when a date is written as xxxx-mm-zz or zz-mm-xxxx. Is the 2-digit month.
In Image 1 you have. Clearly, the middle two digits in the first entry are for the month:
In Image 3 you have the opposite configuration. But, again, the middle two digits in the first entry are for the month.
In Image 2 - the image in question. I would translate it as 09-Jan-1970 (indexed as 9-Jan-1970) and 06-Dec-2006 (indexed as 6-Dec-2006)
So, I would conclude that the practice in these records/ in the area is to place the 2-digit month in the middle, whether the date starts with the year or with the day of the month.2
@Matthew August Vencill - Would you please share your batch number so that those more knowledgeable than I can help you?0
M325-712. I initially tried sending a message for help about this directly, as I've done before, but I was unable to find the option.1
The Researchers will see the records and draw their own conclusions.1
Depending on where the record is from. The United States does Month, Day, Year. ALL other countries do DAY/Month/Year. In instances where they have placed the year first, look through other records on the page for a number that is not ambiguous and draw the pattern from that entry if it is recorded by the same individual.
Hope that is Helpful.0