South Africa—Methodist Church Parish Registers, 1822–1996

Project Instructions

Record Types

What to Know about This Project

  • This project may include divorce records, although they are rare. If an image is a record of a divorce, mark the image as a No Extractable Data Image:
    1. Click on the Header Data tab.
    2. Click in the Image Type field.
    3. Select No Extractable Data Image.
    4. Press Tab or Enter.
    5. On the warning message, click Yes.
    6. Continue to the next image. If you are on the last image, then submit the batch.
  • When no parents were listed for a person who was baptized, index the person's given names in the Given Names field and the surname in the Father's Surname field.

Number of Records per Image

  • The data entry area is set at 12 records per image, but images may contain as few as one record or as many as 60 records.
  • If the image has more than 12 records, you will need to add records to match the number of records on the image. To add records:
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.
  • If the image has fewer than 12 records, you will need to mark the remaining records as blank. To mark a record as blank, click on the record in the Image-Record window, and press Ctrl+Shift+B, or:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Record Blank.

How to Index Twins or Multiple Children

  • Some baptism records include the names of more than one child in a single entry.
  • Index each child as a separate record in the data entry area.

Additional Information