I am indexing this batch of cemetery records. What do you think I should put for the burial year?
Here is the batch: South Africa, Johannesburg—Cemetery Records, 1840–2019 [Part B][M3GP-3WT]
From the lovely purple question mark next to burial year:
If only a 2-digit number was recorded, you can sometimes determine the first 2 digits of the 4-digit year from other information, such as the project dates or other contextual information on the image.
Because this Project covers 180 years, leave the two digit number as is only if you can find its partner.
I have found one of the people (104 years old!) in another record on a FamilySearch search. Her burial year is 1959. But I have not found a 4 digit year in either of the images in this batch or on neighboring images using split screen/reference images.
I have the same question. The batch covers 1840-2019, so how do I know if the death year of '98 is 1898 or 1998?
A little bit of history for indexers of these Johannesburg Cemetery records.
Johannesburg was only "founded" in 1886 when gold was discovered in the area so there will be no burials prior to that year.
Some dates that some cemeteries were opened are:
Johannesburg Cemetery: 1886 (closed in 1890)
Braamfontein Cemetery: 1888
Private Cemeteries - Alberts Farm, Bezuidenhout Valley - cir 1888
New Roodepoort Cemetery: cir 1899
Kliprivierberg Cemetery: cir 1900
Brixton Cemetery: 1912
Brixton crematorium: 1918
Nancefield Cemetery (Soweto): 1920
Doornkop Cemetery: 1930s
Braamfontein Crematorium: 1932
Newclare Cemetery: 1934
West Park Cemetery: 1942
Avalon Cemetery: 1972
Waterval Cemetery: 2006
Diepsloot Cemetery: 2007
Knowing these dates may assist indexers to determine the 4 digit Year of the burials.