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Re: ancestry.com transcription errors

I have seen transcriptions that I "think" were corrections but might have been part of the original transcribed data. They are more than just surname corrections and can be very confusing. The ancestry. com corrections are usually in brackets. Ex: Age in 1910: 32 [52] or Race: Black [White]. That is NOT my current complaint. I understand that original images are damaged or unreadable. Digitizing doesn't help!

My complaint is with the missed read clear images. I'm seeing a lot of those lately. As I said in my original message, the image shows "Grandson" or "son" the transcription shows "boarder" or "daughter". This shows a bit of detactment after transcribing lots of data or working on a computer. It's the same scenerio that got me started in my research.

On a related problem, this evening I ran across another transcription error that was duplicated on the LDS sites 1880 census transcription. I'm not sure it would have been caught unless you were doing the transcription for the joy of research, knew the area or understood how census are taken. I was so grateful, I sent "props" to the usgwarchive Bertie NC coordinator and the transcriber of the 1880 census. I had been alerted through email, by a european Howcott researcher, that had been following an afrigeneas thread I started on Thyrul Howcott last December.

This evetually led me find an altenate 1880 transcription for Merry Hill Bertie NC, looking for a Howcott relative, Isaac Mitchell. He and his previous unknown sister Nelley were at the top of page 208A and the enumerator skipped a page and was added to the surname Franks of the last listing of the previous page 207A. Isaac's "Mitchell" family was at the bottom of page 206A and continued on page 208A. The usgwarchive transcription alerted me that "this family continues on page 208A". Ancestry and LDS, which share transcriptions clearly missed that one. Again "props" to usgebweb!

Tyronne


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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