Whilst Mr. Myrt took me out for dinner, my very distant cousin Mrs. Klein-Smith hosted this “case study” WACKY Wednesday – What do you think? session. See if you agree with the panelists and attendees. Have they considered all possibilities submitted by a researcher? Has the panel provided a workable solution?

What should be done when you uncover a transcription error? For example, somebody mistakenly transcribed Age:87 instead of Age:37 from an 1870 Census document.  Can these be “appealed” somehow?

an 8 or a 3













19:01:06 From Deb Andrew : Good evening.
19:01:19 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hi everyone
19:01:24 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:02:05 From Merlin : Hello everyone.
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19:03:50 From Cousin Russ : https://bcgcertification.org
19:05:45 From Betty-Lu Burton : It depends on where the problem is. Ancestry allows you to add corrections, but FamilySearch does not.
19:10:21 From Betty-Lu Burton : Or maybe the birth record is confusing like haveing the date of the birth being recorded several months before the actual birth
19:11:00 From Kathleen Daetsch : Could this person be talking about the person who transcribed the record for family search I have seen errors
19:11:43 From Marceline Beem : Hi everyone!
19:15:11 From Kathleen Daetsch : I sometimes have to search a differnt family member to get a record to come up and I think that is the reason
19:16:23 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I make a suggested correction using “Add Alternate Information”. That way, it appears in the index.
19:18:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : When I enter the information into my data base I will put down what I see and if it is different from what is indexed then I will put indexed as
19:19:19 From Sue Draper : I add suggestions only if I think the transcription is wrong based on what I see in the record. Not what I think is “correct.”
19:20:14 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have also noted that the record could be read both ways
19:21:05 From Sue Draper : Look at Geneva. The 3 is weird.
19:21:13 From Kathleen Daetsch : They may not be her children
19:21:35 From Sue Draper : And Thomas
19:22:04 From Launa : Could she be grandmother?
19:23:05 From Sue Draper : Try to find a number 8 that cannot be disputed.
19:23:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : Or even look at the neighbor who would be in household 8 and see how the numbers compare
19:25:21 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Look at the #3 dwelling.
19:25:46 From Kathleen Daetsch : yes I think it is possible
19:26:11 From Betty-Lu Burton : My explanation would be it was indexed as 87 but comparing the number to other numbers on the page and state the number is more likely a 3.
19:27:15 From Betty-Lu Burton : Castoe or Gastoe
19:27:38 From Launa : If the mother passe during or after 1 year old birth 83 year old could be grandmother or some other non-relative
19:27:40 From Betty-Lu Burton : 18
19:27:45 From Kathleen Daetsch : 18
19:27:51 From Yvonne Demoskoff : It’s not Gastoe because there’s Geneva in the household
19:28:29 From Kathleen Daetsch : You can’t assume they are her children
19:30:06 From Kathleen Daetsch : do we know if any of these people are married or single?
19:31:48 From Marian Koalski : She has $100 in personal property?
19:34:52 From Betty-Lu Burton : If you look at household 5 they are born in New Yourk with the same last name of the head of household in 6
19:34:56 From Barb Henry : There are NY people in HH 5
19:35:38 From Kathleen Daetsch : How do we know they are Mormons?
19:36:18 From Linda Schreiber : I find it interesting that the head, at 19 is a farmer, but the second 19 yr old shows as ‘no occupation’. Impairment? Something else?
19:37:07 From Kathleen Daetsch : find more documentd
19:41:05 From Linda Schreiber : Obit, death cert, gravestone
19:41:36 From Betty-Lu Burton : A delayed birth certificate can be the same informate as for the marriage certificate
19:43:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : You need to check the date of recording to when the event happened.
19:45:19 From Kathleen Daetsch : parents names on death certificates of immigrents are often mistaken because the family here never knew the parents
19:45:24 From Launa : How do we handle delayed birth certs?
19:45:36 From JoAnn : I have my mom’s baptism record which states she was baptize a year before she was born
19:47:26 From Betty-Lu Burton : High quality would be information on documents that pertain to the event. Like a death record would be high quality for death but low quality for birth and birthplace
19:49:11 From Betty-Lu Burton : I source a delayed birth certificate as a delayed record and not as an actual birth certificate. Add if possible add what was used to proof the birth information
19:52:18 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have seen school records being used as proof for birth on a delayed birth record
19:53:10 From Launa : A person who was adopted, then later in life did a name chamge. switched first and middle names because of Gov’t clearence.
19:55:16 From Linda Schreiber : Nope
19:55:35 From Betty-Lu Burton : I would have to see the obit
19:55:42 From Launa : he could have been very old and she very young
19:56:35 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have seen the ages of children in obit especially if the children were young
19:57:47 From Molly McKinley to All panelists : I found husbands for my grandmother that I found the marriage license but no proof of how the marriage ended.
19:58:09 From Betty-Lu Burton : First I would look for a marriage record or a newspaper record for the marriage
20:00:51 From Melissa Barker : I would see if there are funeral home records, they sometimes include more information about the spouse who in this case is the informant.
20:01:33 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have some states ask the spouse’s age
20:03:22 From Kathleen Daetsch : My grandmother married my grandfather in Navada they were both from NY no easy way to get a devorce in New York back in the 40’s so he got a Reno and they got married out there
20:04:39 From Kathleen Daetsch : That was never unusual
20:04:46 From JoAnn : Could they just be living together and letting poeple think they were married.
20:06:47 From Betty-Lu Burton : You could also look for her in the 1940 census in the same area to see if she was married or not. That might help with a possible marriage date
20:09:41 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : It is a county.
20:10:33 From Kathleen Daetsch : I am having this problem with someone I’m tring to help just because you haven’t found a marriage record does not mean they were never married.
20:11:20 From Merlin : Thanks for an interesting discussion tonight.
20:11:35 From Linda Schreiber : Thanks! great.
20:11:42 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank you!
20:12:32 From Launa : Wish I had a genealogy friend like you
20:12:55 From Molly McKinley : Brainstorming always seems to help thoughts to flow better.
20:14:53 From Launa : yep

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