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From: "Brian Cave" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] 1901 census question
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 20:02:48 +0100
Like me you've just won the first prize in the Transcription Error Spot the
With the LDS 1881 census, which if you remember was compiled from
transcriptions done by family history enthusiasts I finally discovered the
members of my SIMISTER families variously transcribed as SINISTER, SIMISTY,
SPINSTER, and - wait for it - TINISOTER.
As a lot of the 1901 transcription was done by disinterested people from the
Indian sub-continent, what chance do you think I have of finding my
SIMISTER's this time around? So far I have found none!!
I guess the names you are looking for have fallen into the same abyss. It's
now a case of using wild cards to try to find the errors. Someone on another
list has just reported 39 instances of WILLIAMS being spelled WILLAIMS for
We just need imagination now Heather. <grin>
Cheers and good luck,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2002 12:46 PM
Subject: [DEV] 1901 census question
> Now this might seem a silly question but I have always been told that if
you aren't sure of something then you should ask!!
> Is the 1901 census online complete? I ask because several of my families ,
with unusual names, have disappeared. They are still alive because I have
the gravestone dates but they are not listed on the census. I haven't
limited my search by area or by name, just gender. I guess some of the men
could be on fishing vessels but I don't know how to check them without
knowing the name of the craft.
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