Census transcriptions and mistranscriptions #general

Barbara Zimmer

Dear Genners:
As an example ot bad writing and worse transcription, I offer an
example >from the 1930 US census for my family in East Orange NJ. At a
popular paid website, my grandmother, Anna, is transcribed as
"Arena" and her youngest daughter is transcribed as "Theobald"
although her name is Lucille! My uncle is transcribed as Wilbur and
his name was Milton! Granted, the census taker had really bad
handwriting and poor spelling, but I dare not tell my elderly aunt
that she was "Theobald" in 1930!

I have sent in corrections, but **their version still takes precedence.....

Barbara Zimmer
Norfolk VA

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