I am reviewing the following:
South Africa, Johannesburg—Cemetery Records, 1840–2019 [Part B][M3GP-371]
I am trying to figure out if image 2 is the second half of the image 1 spreadsheet. What do you think?
@Mary Louise Lillian
You might want to wait and see if someone else that has worked on these files can confirm before proceeding with this batch, but this is how I see this:
QUESTION 1: If you look under Project Instructions, How to Index a Cremation Register, you will see an example of a two-page spread from Johannesburg City Parks similar to your batch. Image 2 is obviously from a spread since there are no names on it.
The Record Day/Month/Year fields are found on the second image under Burial Order Date as shown in the Cremation Register example. NOTE: I don't know if the delay of several months between death date and burial date (as shown in this batch) is common in Johannesburg, South Africa 😯. That's why I made the comment at the beginning.
QUESTION 3: I agree that Entry 17 has a death year of 2015 since the year above and below are 15.
From Project Instructions:
That means the year would be written/typed in as a heading somewhere in the column. It isn't, so you need to visually check each entry line to be sure they are all the same year, then you can enter the year once and copy to the rest of the column.
Indexing Rule of Thumb: Never Assume!
I'm working on a different South African project. They are a challenge, but interesting! Thank you for taking your time to help with indexing.
@Mary Louise Lillian
I do agree with you and @MinnWisRoots that the year should be 2015 for the list of names on image 1. I am currently working on these cemetery records and usually, if the child was stillborn they will write b/o for "baby of " and then put the mother's name. In this case, it would be best to go back and see if you can find the other half of this image and verify if that was a baby. It could mean "baby to". The indexer was correct in skipping it.
Yes, these records are a challenge but if you weigh what we do to bring this information to a family searching for them it makes it worthwhile.
the "B/t" abbreviation on these records = "born to" and are generally used when the child was still born or died shortly after birth and was not given a first name. The mother's name is entered into the register after the abbreviation.
@Mary Louise Lillian I looked at the batch you shared, thank you. I don't think that the image on the 2nd page is the second half of image 1. Looking at the burial and death dates they are different and so is the record day. You might try and look at the reference pages, which are unavailable to me in the shared batches. I hope this helps you some, but I'm sure others will be along to offer their help.
Thank you for reviewing these records.
Thank you. I am looking at it carefully and having another question:
Some Christian names begin with Bli or BlT or B/T. I am wondering what that might be an abbreviation for. The indexer skipped it which I am inclined to agree with.
Entry 17 of Image 1 seems to have a death year of 2015. Do you agree? If so, do you think all of the death years should be changed to 2015?
I sure appreciate getting help!
Thanks everyone! I have reviewed and submitted the batch. Hope I did it correctly. I suspect another reviewer will have to look at it, also, because there were a number of corrections.