Sunday 14 June 2009

Transcription Errors

It can never be stressed enough in genealogical research the importance of checking transcriptions against original records. I've been putting off for a long time the job of checking the GRO index transcriptions of births, deaths & marriages for the Edenborough ONS against the original registers because it just takes so long to do. But two weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and get on with the job. Even though I expected a few errors, I have been shocked at the number of mistakes and omissions that have been made. In some cases the volume and page numbers are not just a minor mistranscription, but are totally and completely different to what has been recorded in the registers!

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