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Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« on: Friday 10 January 20 12:17 GMT (UK) »
I don't know if this is a common problem, but twice over the last week, whilst trying to tie up some loose ends, I have found records where the English county has been changed to a US state or place.

The first was on the Find a Grave site which showed a relative having been born in Middlesex County Connecticut rather than Middx UK.
I suggested it be corrected and received an apology from the group who had uploaded the photo, saying that the FAG site does not recognise Middlesex and automatically defaults to the USA address.

The second instance was on My Heritage which showed an ancestor in both the 1861 and 1871 British census as living in Maidstone Kentucky.
Not a huge problem for me, as I knew the correct locations for both, but could be very misleading for someone just starting out.

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #1 on: Friday 10 January 20 12:32 GMT (UK) »
Poor or lazy data input - both sites use a drop down list of locations when inputting data but unfortunately both are heavily biased towards US entries and these locations are top of the list.

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #2 on: Friday 10 January 20 12:46 GMT (UK) »
It does the same for Scottish locations.

I have even seen US states added on to locations such as "Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland." I find that adding "shire" on to the name can help - making the place "Dunoon, Argyllshire, Scotland."
Howie (Riccarton Ayrshire)
McNeil/ McNeill (Argyll)
Main (Airdrie Lanarkshire)
Grant (Lanarkshire and Bo'ness)
More (Lanarkshire)
Ure (Polmont)
Colligan (Lanarkshire)
Drinnan (New Zealand)

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #3 on: Friday 10 January 20 12:51 GMT (UK) »
You need to add the full location name including country so that the system knows which one to pick.
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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #4 on: Friday 10 January 20 12:55 GMT (UK) »
Actually, Find-a-Grave has like-named places in alphabetical order so it does not necessarily favor US locations.  For example:  Middlesex County, Connecticut; Middlesex County, Massachusetts; Middlesex County, New Jersey; Middlesex County, Ontario; Middlesex County, Virginia.  Maidstone  Borough, Kent, England; Maidstone, Essex County, Ontario; Maidstone, Essex County, Vermont; Maidstone, Lloydminster Census Division, Saskatchewan.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #5 on: Friday 10 January 20 16:14 GMT (UK) »
I always check on the drop down menu, having been caught out by the "transatlantic surge" on Ancestry, some years ago, and finding one ancestor had - apparently - made a swift trip over the pond to deposit one child, before returning as swiftly to deposit the younger child.
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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #6 on: Friday 10 January 20 16:27 GMT (UK) »
To stop this you need to add the full location - place, county, country.  The funniest one is the Ancestry "Lifestory"  - which always wants to use US locations.   I have people born in Glasgow, Kentucky and died in Glasgow, Montana - when they never left the Scottish Glasgow.
NEILSON - Erskine/Bishopton, Renfrewshire and Glasgow
BROWN - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
CAIRNS - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
FINDLAY - Kirriemuir area, Forfarshire/Angus
PORTER - Tobermore, Derry, Ireland

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 11 January 20 07:12 GMT (UK) »
I find it particularly irritating that I subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk but still find that some entries automatically show places in America, especially as if I mean America, I say so.

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Re: Ancestry sites not recognising English counties
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 11 January 20 08:28 GMT (UK) »
Yes greenrig I had that problem with lifestory where people left their homes in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia to die and be buried in Victoria, Trinidad and Tobago.  Hopefully I have caught them all.  When I mentioned it to son he suggested that if I waited for the next cricket tour to the West Indies he would accompany me to visit their graves.   ;D ;D ;D
James -Victoria, Australia originally from Keynsham, Somerset.
Janes - Keynsham and Bristol area.
Heale/Hale - Keynsham, Somerset
Vincent - Illogan/Redruth, Cornwall.  Moved to Sculcoates, Yorkshire; Grass Valley, California; Timaru, New Zealand and Victoria, Australia.
Williams somewhere in Wales - he kept moving
Ellis - Anglesey

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