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This made me laugh
« on: Thursday 23 November 17 11:38 GMT (UK) »
I was searching the Census yesterday and came across the indexed entry for a 73-year-old woman whose occupation was "Training for Domestic Service".  My mind boggled, so I looked at the original return.  The person was aged 13.  It made me smile, but I can never get over how gormless some of the transcriptions are.  I know transcribers are meant to write what they see, but surely common sense should play some sort of part in the task?!

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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 23 November 17 12:10 GMT (UK) »
Another good reason for using the 'continental 7' - with a cross through the stem.
The 7 and 1 in handwriting are often hard to distinguish.

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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 23 November 17 13:10 GMT (UK) »
Odd as it might seem common sense doesn't play a part in transcribing.
Transcribers write what they see. Being inventive would only lead to more mistranscriptions than there already are.
Maybe the transcriber thought she was a late developer.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 23 November 17 14:14 GMT (UK) »
Another good reason for using the 'continental 7' - with a cross through the stem.
The 7 and 1 in handwriting are often hard to distinguish.

Dawn M

my generation was taught to write a number one with a foot at the bottom and a small tick at the top LH side = 1.  A number seven was started with a small upright stroke attached to a wavy navy horizontal line.  "From the reference to "wavy navy" it might be deduced that I was educated in a seaport.  ;D
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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 23 November 17 14:48 GMT (UK) »
Another good reason for using the 'continental 7' - with a cross through the stem.
The 7 and 1 in handwriting are often hard to distinguish.

Dawn M

I quite agree, I always use the crossed continental 7, it is particularly helpful when recording financial  figures.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 23 November 17 14:58 GMT (UK) »
I heard that was how Pearl Harbour was bombed.
Instead of putting
2      as being Priority 2
the put
Roman Numerals  1and1 and it looked like 11 as being Eleven, non priority.
Of course it was kept quiet.
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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #6 on: Friday 24 November 17 02:56 GMT (UK) »
??? ???

Who was this, Maggsie?

Unfortunately, people still confuse Roman numerals.  11 is eleven;  2 in Roman is II  i.e. people are supposed to used capital letters, not numbers.
In Brisbane there is a hospital named Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.  It's usually referred to as QE2 but some people put QE11 thinking they are giving it Roman numerals  ::)  ::)  ::)

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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #7 on: Friday 24 November 17 03:03 GMT (UK) »
Just thinking about QE11 as in 11th  ... now just who was 3rd, 4th, ..... 10th ... which reminds me of a friend, a retired school teacher ... A young confused student once asked her for help to find out names of books about the unknown World War... as in WW11 being the mistaken for eleventh, and mixing up with Roman numerals to arrive at X being the one before II ....

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Re: This made me laugh
« Reply #8 on: Friday 24 November 17 05:21 GMT (UK) »
Actually we should be using "Times New Roman" script  to get the correct roman capitals. 

Most places don't have this readily available and people don't think to use that  either. 

WWII  And WWI     see easy.

 Just use the font face option .... if available

But the stories are funny....

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