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Mis-transcriptions - Shall we Start a List?

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Selena in South East London

Selena in South East London Report 12 Jun 2004 20:22

John, I did try Batman, maybe I will try Robin instead. Seriously thanks for the suggestions, off to try them now, Selena


Luciacw Report 12 Jun 2004 23:52

My Punter family were transcribed on ancestry as Beuter and on the pro site as Printer. Lucia


Tracey Report 13 Jun 2004 07:56

On 1901 my Cartlidge family were transcibed as Crullidge - took me ages to find them!! Tracey


Helen Report 13 Jun 2004 10:22

I have one that isn't a mistranscription, more a misunderstanding. I found some relatives on the 1891 census on Ancestry down as born in 'Gate, Northumberland, SCT.' I know its close to the border, but I didn't think Northumberland had moved to Scotland. I looked at the originally, and found they were born in the little village of Scotland Gate. Helen

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}((((*> Jeanette The Haddock <*)))){ Report 13 Jun 2004 11:05

Selena Can I suggest looking at Baleman. While I've been transcribing I've noticed that people tended to forget to cross their t's. Worth a try! Jeanette (or should that be Jeanelle! lol)


Janice Report 13 Jun 2004 11:18

I've been looking for the birth of my g g grandfather for ages. I've worked out that whereas his father registered the eldest brothers birth, after that is was the illiterate mum who had an Irish accent and maybe adenoidal trouble etc etc . So how would the poor registrar or census taker write Nailis. I've come across 7 different spellings so far and I still have'nt found Andrews birth!

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}((((*> Jeanette The Haddock <*)))){ Report 13 Jun 2004 11:51

Hi Janice Have you tried Nellis, Nellist, Naulis, Naulls etc? I've got Nellis and Nellist in my tree but haven't found an Irish connection - yet! Jeanette


Unknown Report 13 Jun 2004 15:51

Selena Bateman could be misheard as Pateman? Baitman Baytman Paitman Paytman or even Amon/Eamon?


Amanda, Report 13 Jun 2004 19:37

Hi Selena I wonder if the place you are looking for is Heston, Middx Happy hunting Amanda, London


SheilaWestWilts Report 13 Jun 2004 19:43

Selena and All who have replied - Just like to say 'thanks' for making me think laterally! I've been trying to find my Kirkland lot on 1901 census for ages with no luck, had already tried Kirtland, Curtland etc. Had another go after reading this thread and found them under HIRKLAND!! Thanks again, Sheila


DottyAnn Report 26 Aug 2005 10:36

Hi I was looking for my friend's Great Grandparents on the 1881 census without any joy, but thanks to one of the children having an unusual first name someone finally found them for me in Aston, Birmingham. Their surname was BOWEN but they were shown as HIGGINS!!!!!!!! Work that one out!! Ann


Mike Report 26 Aug 2005 11:03

My Backhouse family mistranscribed as Backthrice Brickhouse and Backhurst.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 26 Aug 2005 11:16

This reminds me of another thread................ :-) Joy


June Report 26 Aug 2005 11:18

1871 census my Woolley family was Nookey family June


kim Report 26 Aug 2005 11:19

i was looking for a bufree (very unusual first name ) whitaker, found her with help from boards here transcribed as BEANFRY WHITAKER,havent stopped laughing yet,


Janice Report 26 Aug 2005 11:32

1901 census. William J Marsland indexed as William Jillarsland on PRO. No wonder I couldn't find them. Found eventually by doing a first name only search on the daughter (my grandmother). They are indexed correctly on Ancestry though. Janice

Selena in South East London

Selena in South East London Report 26 Aug 2005 12:10

It's amazing someone found this thread after a 14 month gap in postings!!!!!

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}((((*> Jeanette The Haddock <*)))){ Report 26 Aug 2005 12:25

Behave yourself Joy! LOL

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 26 Aug 2005 13:04

Jeanette, it must be something in the water (or KimKat's cocktail!!)......... I keep feeling such a temptation, and thinking oh what the ....... :-) Joy


Linen Report 26 Aug 2005 18:58

I think this is a good idea, not to criticise transcribers but to show examples of mistranscriptions. I could not find my grandmother, Maud Mary Barker on the 1901, no matter how I tried. I found my gt grandmother & youngest son Charles & printed the original image. When I looked closely at this I clearly found grandma further down the page. Printed the transcription & found her as Anna M Baker with her daughter correct as Maud M but Baker again. The clincher was her sister Nellie correctly named living with her, & a small note to say head away in South Africa. Really pleased with this so looked closer still & found grans eldest sister Inez Anne Osborne with her husband & two children transcribed as Iringar Osborne. I notified Ancestry of one bad error but they were not interested, kept trying to tell me that in 1861, HMS Victory was in Portsmouth Harbour, Northamptonshire. No amount of telling them that Northamptonshire is landlocked would register with them. Vivienne