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UK Directories - Addition of spurious forenames by Ancestry

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UK Directories - Addition of spurious forenames by Ancestry

Posted: 1 May 2013 10:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ancestry's news item today regarding the re-launched UK directory collection states: "We've recently improved our OCR technology, and re-scanned all the hundreds of directories in this collection. That means your search results should be more accurate, and you should find it much easier to spot your relatives on the results page."

But anybody listed in a directory with an initial rather than a forename, has had their initial replaced with a forename of Ancestry's choosing! So for example E becomes Edward, G becomes George, J becomes James and T becomes Theodore. Exactly how this is supposed to make search results more accurate, or make it easier for people to spot their relatives on the results page, is beyond me.
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AtcherleyOrgU... 1 May 2013 4:59PM GMT 
talbotrail 1 May 2013 5:32PM GMT 
larynb 1 May 2013 7:04PM GMT 
AtcherleyOrgU... 1 May 2013 7:17PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 1 May 2013 8:26PM GMT 
Teri Pettit 2 May 2013 4:51AM GMT 
McComberdesce... 2 May 2013 11:33AM GMT 
Koromo 2 May 2013 12:26PM GMT 
AtcherleyOrgU... 2 May 2013 12:30PM GMT 
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