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Talk about mistranscribed

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Alan

Alan Report 2 Jan 2013 13:06

On Ancestry 1891 census Cheltenham Gloucestershire. Mary Wood b abt 1837 Syrian Arab Republic, Newington.

The actual page clearly shows place of birth Newington Surrey.

Alan.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 2 Jan 2013 13:10

Somebody's having a laugh I think! here's another one:

1891 England Census
Name: Sarah J Gildersleeve
Age: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
Relation: Wife
Spouse's Name: Ellis Gildersleeve
Gender: Female
Where born: Syrian Arab Republic, Putney

Civil parish: Newington St Mary
Ecclesiastical parish: St Agnes
Town: London
County/Island: London

Registration district: St Saviour Southwark
Sub-registration district: St Peter Walworth

Ellis Gildersleeve 40
Sarah J Gildersleeve 36
Ellis W Gildersleeve 15
Ada J Gildersleeve 13
Amy P Gildersleeve 11
Walter H Gildersleeve 9

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 2 Jan 2013 13:12

Having searched for 'syrian arab republic' there are loads. How weird.
I wonder if it was the same transcriber??
Jan

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 2 Jan 2013 13:20

Mistranscribing can be caused by several different reasons

1: Transcribers abroad whose 1st language is not English

2: Transcribers who do speak English but have no knowledge of UK geography (and that includes UK transcribers)

3: Transcribing done by machines

But there are some very odd and very funny ones around :-)

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 2 Jan 2013 13:30

But there are over 800 entries. Nowhere would the words ' Syrian Arab Republic' appear as there was no such thing. All else aside, there are far too many words being entered, - 5 instead of 2 for example. Even if you can't read the entry (and the ones I had a look at are perfectly clear) there is no reason to do this. And the other details are entered correctly.
I think it's deliberate myself.
Jan

Reggie

Reggie Report 2 Jan 2013 13:30

I trust that you have submitted a correction............

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 2 Jan 2013 14:35

Those mistranscriptions appear to only be on Ancestry - FMP are OK.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 2 Jan 2013 14:42

Might be a rogue transcriber!
I have sent an email to Ancestry pointing this out.
jan

KenSE

KenSE Report 2 Jan 2013 14:42

In one of the censuses (1861 I think) there were a couple of hundred people living in Guernsey whose birthplace was given as Germany.

I did try to get them corrected but I don't know if they ever did.

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 2 Jan 2013 14:43

Because they are transribed by different people/machines

Alan

Alan Report 2 Jan 2013 14:49

Hello Reggie.

I have submitted a correction.

Alan