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Lost in transcription

Postby paulr1949 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:33 pm

Whilst researching my Raynold ancestors, I came upon this weird transcription of the 1851 census in Dorchester. William Raynold b c1799 was mMy 4 x great-grandfather on my paternal grandmother's side.
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This is the FMP transcription

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And this is the actual record.
He was deputy governor of Dorchester Gaol.

One does wonder sometimes!

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Re: Lost in transcription

Postby DarrenP » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:50 pm

That is one of the funnier mistranscriptions.
My personal favourite is not so much a mistranscription as a "mis-hearing". An elderly ancestor from Devon living in Durham had the birthplace of "Oeanter" in the 1881 census. After much deliberation I realized it was Okehampton. I assume the details were verbally supplied and the census taker struggled with his West Country accent.
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