Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records


Helen Gardner
 

The philosophy “If it’s wrong, it’s wrong” can mean that some researcher never discovers the missing link to their blank wall.

 

To use an actual example from my family, my ggrandmother’s record gives her maiden name as Prefseizen but every other record indicates it is Presseizen (and that’s easy enough to understand given old German script). There’s one Prefseizen record, but a large family of Presseizens.  I would never have been able to follow the family through if someone hadn’t pointed it out to me. And someone searching for Presseizen may never find me via my ggrandmother. It’s not good enough if one person knows a record is wrong but the knowledge is not shared.

 

The issue of whether or not to correct records leads me to wonder whether in NextGen any thought has been given to a “comments” field, where one could say, eg, This record says Bloggowitz but every other record I have found for this person and their family indicates that it is Blinkowitz . 

Or

The record gives the date of birth as 1851 with no further details, but I have found the original birth record, which gives the dob as 15 Jun 1851 (or 1852 or 1854 …) which may help someone to slot some person into their tree or otherwise solve some mystery without having to actually change the record.

 

Regards

Helen Gardner

 


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Helen Gardner

ancestral names, all from Poland, mostly Warsaw

AJGENGOLD/EIGENGOLD, BERCHOJER, BLANK, BIALOGORA, BLUMBERG, CHMIELNICKI, FELD, FERNEBOK/FERNSBUN, EDELMAN, FRYDMAN, GELDTRUNK, GURIN, ISSAKOWICH, LAKS, LERMAN, MALIS, MENDER/MONDER, MLYNARZ/MILLER, PODGORER/PODGORSKI, POPOWER, RAUTARBER/ROTGERBERG, RASTENBERG, POSSIBLY PRESSEIZEN

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