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Ancestry has transcribed Calumet Co. residents as Japanese

Ancestry has transcribed Calumet Co. residents as Japanese

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 6:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sampson, Fowler
I just started looking into my cousins' ancestors named Sampson and Fowler. Ancestry.com's 1870 census for Brothertown has a number of pages where the handwritten letter in Column 6, "Color," has been interpreted as a "J" for Japanese, when it was actually an "I" for Indian. (Actually, it looks more like an F or even a 7!)
Not sure how many pages had this enumerator's quirky letter I, but too many for me to correct, one by one. Does anybody know the best way to approach Ancestry, about changing these transcriptions from Japanese to Indian /Native American?

Thanks!

Re: Ancestry has transcribed Calumet Co. residents as Japanese

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 6:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Transcription errors are pro-forma for Ancestry db's. There are endless discussions on the Ancestry Site Comments and Ancestry Improvement boards. The best use of your time would be to put in an alternate, either in the name and add some info in "explain" or a comment on the record page. This will help other searchers in the future

Re: Ancestry has transcribed Calumet Co. residents as Japanese

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moon, Pye, Dick, Butler, Brushel, Doxtator
I saw that grave error as well when searching for my Native American relatives in Calumet County. I couldn't believe it!

Did you ever contact Ancestry.com about it? Let me know. Maybe between the two of us we can think of some way of correcting it.

Thanks, Judean

Re: Ancestry has transcribed Calumet Co. residents as Japanese

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 7:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, I did contact Ancestry, but have received no reply as of Oct. 20, 2012. I do still expect them to answer me; this is a tad too soon...
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