Examples of Name searching problems
|1||Couldn't find "Horothy" in "Loddon" because *orothy and Lo*don didn't immediately come to mind as likely wild card usage.|
|2||When searching for ggf and gf (both Edward Pope) I tried Po* and Edward and got too many returns, rather than none. Eventually I found them by trying the possible misspellings one by one. It turned out to be Poke!!!|
tried everything ...her name was GROSE so I put every variance that I could think of ...even GR*...nothing would work. So I entered her first name (left last name blank), her age in 1901, where she was born and BINGO up comes Julia GRAVES !
|4||Any takers for these two Birthplaces?
I can guess that the former may be somewhere in Derbyshire. Either the transcribers were not given a gazetteer or did not bother to use it, so much for QA!
|5||in many of my searches, I have found that the Admin County field is left blank or has names such as Bethnal Green, Boro of Gt Yarmouth or Southampton.|
|6||I have the PRO image, and the transcribed
occupation is quite wrong - the index has
"Railway officer & engine fitter" and the image has "Relieving officer & registrar of births & deaths".
I am sure that my reading is correct as his signature is on each enumeration district as registrar, and he has had this occupation in previouscensuses.
|7||I found 4 transcription errors as follows: Chrles should be Charles, Knelworth should be Knebworth, Broadmates should be Broadwater, and Rose Grocer should be Rose Grower.|
|8||My dear 'little' Great Aunt Mary, aged 20 in 1901 is listed as being a Jailoress.|
|9||When Ms are Ns and Ns are Ms -Trying to chase my great grandmother s Ada NIMMO- you would not believe how I found her - under Ada MINNO - all Ms and Ns had been reversed|
|10||Found a person called "Drapers Shop Fairlie" when looking for people with Fairlie surname -. (ID 30,972,211). The person before this one (30,972,210) has the surname Fairlie, but the Forename 'Mr'.|
|11||According to the on-line version my Gmother is; ...Hosler, her brother is Same Hosler, on viewing the page I find that they wereoriginally written in as; Lilian Horler and Samuel Arthur Horler whichare both spot on!|
|12||I've come across a "Walksworth"
which undoubtably should be Wandsworth. Use of the _ and * wildcards are
almost obligatory, as is a fertile imagination.
Watch out for "Meddlesex" too.
|13||London searchers be warned that I have found several instances of Southwark being entered in the index as Southwork.|
|14||For birthplace, as well as the usual spellings of Deanshanger and Denshanger, I've found Deambanger, Deomanger, Deansango, Deanshanghe, Deansanger, and--my personal favorite--Dean Stranger.|
|15||reminds me of a name I found when transcribing an index, in a cursive hand it appeared to be uuuuuuuip, after much study, I decided it was Munnings, but it could just as easily have been Nummings. It will need a family member to say if I was right or not.|
|16||Try the search of a Forename with age, sex, and where born. I found one this way I was looking for PYLE and found her as TYLE by this method. BW _ Thanks - I found Mosedale as Masedale that way|
|17||Hs and Ms are often mixed try Meath for HEATH
Also H and W are mixed I have a Warwick transcribed as Harwick
|18||searching the census for a rather unique name (SINTZENICH), and only
finding five of the seventeen I know were alive at the time, I happened to
find a number of people called SIMTH. Now they may really have been called
this (but there is only one on the 1881 census), and I have no problem with
that. But people looking for SMITH or SMYTH should be aware there are a couple of dozen SIMTH's and even some SIMTHSON's hiding in the index.
from John Fairlie - firstname.lastname@example.org
|19||one mistake I have found was a surname, Dorey, being transcribed as Dovey. An easy mistake to make in a transcription but one that took quite a while to find as I looked at Dore/Dory/Doory/etc|
|20|| I was having difficulty in getting all the THOMPSON'S for (a place) as I
kept getting the "taking too long" message. I got round the problem by searching in turn for
|21||looking for John Jones, only to discover that
he was transcribed as Lahn Lanes
...a number of Welsh birthplaces found that start with Uan rather than Llan,
|22||the unusual Devon surname BATER is routinely mistranscribed as BATES in 1901 (but not in 1881).|
|23||.. just found my grandfather Baron WEBB transcribed as Baron HIBB.|
|24||What do think happened here Sonntomas Wetton aged 38|
|25||81 matches for ....*
too many matches for ...*
115 for mr*
16 for ms*
47 people for qa*
14 for qe*
70 for qi*
9 for qo*
7 for qy*
2 for rb*
19 for rd*
6 for rp*
133 for unknown
105 for nk*
7 for notknown
|26||When searching for Mc names try mac nnn, mc nnnnn and mcnnnnn|