Wednesday, 14 October 2009

An abomination

Checking out the developing Family Search site at http://search.labs.familysearch.org I tried a search on a family I've been investigating from my native county of Norfolk in England.

Why does the site insists that I search Norfolkshire, an abomination. Why not Suffolkshire, Essexshire, Kentshire, Sussexshire or Surreyshire?

Perhaps someone in Salt Lake Cityville has an explanation?

4 comments:

Old Census Scribe said...

Agreed.

Even Devonshire doesn't fit with 20th and 21st practice.

Seaside counties aren't often shires, are they?

hummer said...

Working on the indexing end, I will tell you that any feed back you give them will help...It is a work in progress. As the kids say, "It ain't done yet"
Frances

JDR said...

OSS: Going round the coast, it seems to be a mixture. Six - Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Cheshire,Lancashire, clearly take the shire suffix. Nine - Northumberland, Durham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Cornwall, Cumberland do not. Three others I've seen both ways, Dorset(shire), Devon(shire), Somerset(shire). Have I missed any?

Anonymous said...

The English Shires and ceremonial counties, and equivalents, with "irregular" names include Northumberland (Northumbria), [County] Durham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Cornwall, Cumbria (Cumberland and Westmorland), Rutland, the City of London, the City of Westminster, Greater London/County of London, Middlesex and the Isle of Wight. Some equivalents also exist in both Wales and in Scotland.