Sunday, 18 January 2009

1911 English census - transcription errors

Following the blaze of publicity surrounding the launch of the 1911 census for England last week, there follows a torrent of criticism on the accuracy of the transcriptions made of the census, which can be downloaded at www.1911census.co.uk. Many genealogy forums have threads dedicated to the problem, one person has e-mailed me directly to say that she found 22 errors on one page alone, including the relationship for several members of the house to their father described as "Thomas"! The Telegraph newspaper has also picked up on the issue, and yesterday published a series of letters over it - see Errors in the Online Census hit Family History.

FindmyPast has already offered to correct any mistakes that users submit - but this will only help if you are able to find the record you wish for in the first place!

Chris

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