19 January 2009

Transcription errors in the 1911 English census

Several letters were published in Saturday's Daily Telegraph about transcription errors in the newly released indexed 1911 English census. For example ..

[ ... Of the four pages I have downloaded, three contain errors: four incorrectly spelt surnames, two incorrect forenames and a misspelt occupation. There is a whole page where the town is given the wrong initial letter, even though the correct name appears on the Enumeration District heading...]

There's always a trade off between timeliness and accuracy, but what seems to bug people most is the high cost given the problems encountered.

via: Scottish Genealogy News and Events

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