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@Pennyrose. I am sure you are referring to the South Africa, Johannesburg Cemetery Records- 1840 to 2019. If you could share the batch code [xxxx-xxx] then we can better assist you with your question.
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the batch code is M322-2RY0
Pennyrose The first cremation in South Africa was in 1932 so the dates must be 1983 and 1984. The crematorium did not exist in the 1800's.
Hope this helps.
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Just a note to add to LarryClark43's, there was a Hindu crematorium in Johannesburg in 1918 in Brixton. The Johannesburg Crematorium/Braamfontein Crematorium opened in 1932.
Looking up the burial site for the South Africa, Johannesburg Cemetery Records- 1840 to 2019 project might indicate if it was in existence in the 1800s.0
The batch in question is from a register for The Johannesburg Crematorium/Braamfontein.
My comment above should read the first cremation in The Johannesburg Crematorium/Braamfontein was in 1932. Sorry.0
@Pennyrose according to the project instructions: If you cannot determine the 4-digit year, index the 2-digit number. If you cannot determine the 2-digit or 4-digit year, press Ctrl+B to mark this field blank.
Since there are no other contextual indicators of the four-year date then indexing the 2-digit number is what we are to do. I still believe it is to index what you see and not make assumptions.
Thank you for reviewing and correcting these records.1
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It is probably bad advice for any project instructions to suggest indexing a 2-digit number (unless the records relate to the period 10 AD - 99 AD, of course). This really doesn't work well for researchers once records indexed in such a way go online.
As I often express here, the purpose of indexing should not just relate to that activity alone, but should always have the end result in mind - of being a useful finding aid for the researcher. Images (to check on the original detail) are far from always being available, so I believe (in this example) if the century is 100% certain the 4-digit date should be recorded - otherwise, it should be left blank. Recording "83", when unsure if the date should be 1883 or 1983, is extremely bad practice and advice.
Just to illustrate - this is what happens with a record indexed with a 2-digit number, say 83, when the indexed record goes online, and the date detail (from the "source") is carried over to a Person page in Family Tree:2