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1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
In the 1940 census in Waldo County, Maine, a census taker used the abbreviation "Me" for place of birth, etc. I am finding that Ancestry has listed this as "Mexico." This has appeared on MANY pages of records. I have corrected this on those relatives of mine where I am sure of their place of birth.

I am hoping that I can alert the Ancestry staff to this problem so that they can review these records and make large scale corrections. I just don't know how to contact the right person.
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Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 9:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
For census indexers who indexed the 1850/1860 census, many of them indexed the state of Georgia as GA and it was listed as Georgia the country as in Russia. This is not a new thing because the indexers are not accumstomed to US states. It is sad however.

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
For Georgia, sometimes the Ga has been interpreted as Germany, too.

To contact staff, the contact us button at the bottom of this page will take you to phone numbers.

There are still a couple of email addresses
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There's also a "report a problem" button on every census page, at the top right.

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 22 Dec 2012 3:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
That too. But to be honest, if we were hired to index foreign names, how accurate could we be. I sure could not be.

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 22 Dec 2012 7:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
How true. And unfortunately, this type of thing seems to always be a problem with Ancestry. In early Census years, for North Carolina there are pages where they've erroneously confused the indexing for the Counties of Wilson and Wilkes. They have listed quite a few pages that say "Wilson" under "Wilkes" County, and when you go to the actual images, they are rarely difficult to read the location, so I don't know what's up with that. I've reported the issues on the pages I've found the problems, but heaven only knows when, or if they will ever fix it.

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 2:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Another census abbreviation misinterpretation:

In the 19th century, Indiana was often abbreviated as "Ia". I have run across numerous census records where the enumerator uses the "Ia" abbreviation for Indiana on the form, and the transcriber picks it up as "Iowa".

Just something to be on the lookout for. Otherwise you could spend a lot of time looking in the wrong state!

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 2:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Agreed, pdinger44. I'm from Indiana so this is 1 of my biggest pet peeves with the census indexes here. I've wondered at times how many census pages from a given state an individual transcriber/indexer indexes.

After indexing a number of pages from the same state, I would think, at some point, common sense would kick in or a light bulb would go off with the idea that hmmm...it seems really strange that all of these people living in Indiana were born in Iowa. Of course, since the indexing is outsourced to China, it's entirely possible that thought wouldn't even enter their minds.

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 2:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
LOL, I was just assuming that the transcribers were young & were only familiar with the modern 2-letter state abbreviations. It never occurred to me that the indexing might outsourced to foreign countries. Sigh.....

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 2:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
That sure would explain my relatives being named retired or a census full of people had an occupation of Strathmore. As in Strathmore Alberta. Here I was blaming OCR software. LOL

Re: 1940 Census - "Me" in Maine has been interpreted as MEXICO

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 3:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yeah, earlier this year there were several discussions about the outsourcing thing. They did get an index up fast but it's lacking in the accuracy category. Below is a link to 1 thread that discussed it.

http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.ancestry.ancsite/12103.1/m...
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