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Re: The worst Ancestry transcription ever?
« Reply #207 on: Thursday 20 February 20 04:12 GMT (UK) »
I don't usually like to comment on these, conscious that some of my own transcriptions may be dodgy but cannot resist with this one who apparently  was born in Sale, USA

Well.... the letters U S A do appear consecutively but ....

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Re: The worst Ancestry transcription ever?
« Reply #208 on: Thursday 20 February 20 13:42 GMT (UK) »
To me the word 'relict' conjures up an image of something discovered at the back of the fridge, probably already growing whiskers.  It's an unfortunate word to use for a widow, yet anyone who has had anything to do with family history knows that that is what is meant when it appears in a death notice in an old newspaper.

For the transcribers and indexers at fAnciestree, however, "relict of XY" means he was her father.  Let's keep incest in the family!
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Re: The worst Ancestry transcription ever?
« Reply #209 on: Sunday 24 May 20 09:49 BST (UK) »
Can't blame Ancestry for this one I found this morning  :-\

Found a death on Irish Genealogy site (Irish births, marriages, deaths) for an unknown daughter when searching for death of son I knew died before 1911 (both children died from scarletina a few days apart). So, next step was to search for birth of little Emily. She died in 1906 aged 4 so thought it should be 1901-1903. Nothing under 'Emily Ross' so tried 'Ross' then just 'Emily' and finally found he I in the index- Emily GORTFAD mother- MCUSSTER instead of Emily Ross mother McMaster!
Transcriber has put father's residence (Gortfad) as the surname and created a fairly unique surname for the mother-
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1902/01926/1745868.pdf

Sadly, the parents seem to have lost many of their children at birth or shortly after.
Away sorting out DNA matches... I may be gone for some time many years!


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Re: The worst Ancestry transcription ever?
« Reply #210 on: Monday 31 August 20 10:16 BST (UK) »
Sadly, the parents seem to have lost many of their children at birth or shortly after.

This is something we need to keep always in mind when reading statistics about "average life expectancy" in different ages.

"The average life expectancy was 45" does NOT mean that a man of 50 was "an old man", necessarily. If neonatal mortality rates are high, then this pulls down the all-population average life expectancy to a considerable degree ... but those who made it into double digits often lived to 70 or 80.

A much more useful metric than whole population average life expectancy is "average life expectancy at age 5", which strips out all the infant mortality and tells us what the rest could reasonably look forward to.
All identified names up to and including my great x5 grandparents: Abbot Andrews Baker Blenc(h)ow Brothers Burrows Chambers Clifton Cornwell Escott Fisher Foster Frost Giddins Groom Hardwick Harris Hart Hayho(e) Herman Holcomb(e) Holmes Hurley King-Spooner Martindale Mason Mitchell Murphy Neves Oakey Packman Palmer Peabody Pearce Pettit(t) Piper Pottenger Pound Purkis Rackliff(e) Richardson Scotford Sherman Sinden Snear Southam Spooner Stephenson Varing Weatherley Webb Whitney Wiles Wright

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Re: The worst Ancestry transcription ever?
« Reply #211 on: Monday 31 August 20 10:24 BST (UK) »
The winner here though is the wife's birthplace of Plympton transcribed as Phempler.

I think I can do FAR better than that.

I spent ages scouring Hampshire records for an ancestor whose place of birth was transcribed as "Southampton".

Eventually, in utter frustration I took a long, hard look at the original manuscript and asked myself "what else COULD it have been?". I came up with the possibility of "Som[erset] Taunton"

So I looked in Somerset ... and there she was!
All identified names up to and including my great x5 grandparents: Abbot Andrews Baker Blenc(h)ow Brothers Burrows Chambers Clifton Cornwell Escott Fisher Foster Frost Giddins Groom Hardwick Harris Hart Hayho(e) Herman Holcomb(e) Holmes Hurley King-Spooner Martindale Mason Mitchell Murphy Neves Oakey Packman Palmer Peabody Pearce Pettit(t) Piper Pottenger Pound Purkis Rackliff(e) Richardson Scotford Sherman Sinden Snear Southam Spooner Stephenson Varing Weatherley Webb Whitney Wiles Wright