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U. S. City Directories (1821-1989) Beta OCR misreads Addresses

U. S. City Directories (1821-1989) Beta OCR misreads Addresses

Posted: 2 Sep 2012 10:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have really enjoyed the new US city directories collection. It is as advertised better than the previous city directory collection. However I find continuous errors caused by the OCR process in reading addresses. The process seems to conflate addresses and occupations in numerous cases. For example, consider this case:

[Hard copy directory and Ancestry.com image]
Public, John Q barber r1100 Maple Ave

[Ancestry.com record produced by OCR]
Public, John Q Barber
Street address: 00 Maple Ave.
Occupation:r11

I have "corrected" numerous of these types of errors so that searching will yield more accurate results.

A lesson here for researchers is always look at the image. I know Ancestry.com is seeking to improve the OCR process along with other issues in this very useful database. I just hope it's sooner rather than later

Re: U. S. City Directories (1821-1989) Beta OCR misreads Addresses

Posted: 14 Oct 2012 5:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Directories
yup been there done that. got tired of correcting and quit and that was just names.. no ability to add missing names or blocks of names I have found as well

The format is difficult for any OCR to adjust to and it can be slightly different from book to book..

posted 3 complaints Apr-May scroll down Directories category.

I own OmniPage Pro which can be trained to expect a format if you know what you are doing.. not sure what Acom uses..

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