Which date should I enter? Example batch [M36F-TXC]. The instructions are vague.
@Harmon, James Bartlett
I tried your batch but was not authorized - so downloaded another (that may be why no one responded til now):
The Project Instructions:
For the event dates on membership records, use the most current date as related to the name being indexed. The date will be taken from the "Wanneer" column, not from the "Aanmerkingen," or remarks column.
There are several "Wanneer" columns - so I peruse and enter the most current/recent date.
That is what I have been doing - most of the time. Thanks for the confirmation. I have been correcting a lot of these. I will do this all of the time from now on. The one stumbling block is the last column's header says "Departure" in Dutch. "Room" in Afrikaan. Very confusing.
HI! I HOPE YOU SEE THIS POST SINCE IT HAS BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE YOUR LAST COMMENT.
I have been doing the Dutch Reformed Church projects for a few years. About a month ago I had a question that no one answered on this Community site. I then learned about a Facebook group that only does the Dutch Reformed Church projects. Their administrators are super knowledgeable about all things South African and they communicate with FS (FamilySearch) when needed. I suggest you go to Facebook and do a search for Indexing South African Records on Family Search. Then ask your questions and they will be answered. And, there is a document on there that tells exactly which column of dates you should use.
Also, the share batch feature on Family Search has been having major problems this past week. As of this morning you still could not get access to the batches that were being shared. It says "Access denied." Maybe they fixed it by now.
When doing this South African Dutch Reformed Church project, the questions I always had, had to do with which date to use, how to properly put in the correct place (it is not like what you would think) and what to do with the "y" that has a diaeresis above it (two dots) which is not in the Dutch alphabet.
I have only been in this group for about a month and I have learned so much. I am also in another group that is for those who have a little more experience in Indexing (I've done 729,000 records) and the administrator of that group takes you in and teaches you about this South African project too. I know they would welcome you with open arms!!
I don't know if this helps you, but go check it out. What do you have to loose?!! 🙂
When you go into the page on Facebook, look at the tabs "Featured" and "Discussion."
Is that why indexers have been putting in van Wijk instead of van Wyk? Problem is Family Search insists you enter what is written.
I don't think the event date entry is that important. I will continue with the logical approach Family Search tells us to do.
You are right. That is what we are supposed to do, write what we see and I totally agree. What looks like a lower case "y" with the dots above it, if it is handwritten, then it for sure is "ij" and that is what we see.
The article that I referred to (about which date to use) actually was sent to me by FamilySearch Support and in the long run it does end up being the most recent date. You are right and that is what the project instructions say to do. So.... 🙂
Even handwritten it looks like a (y) only. Should we do an OR just in case? Snyman or Snijman? Hope someone can confirm this difficult question. Batch [M36L-TKY] for reference.
Follow whatever the project rules say about ij versus y. I've done indexing of Dutch records from the Netherlands for three different organizations and each had a different approach to this issue.