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Question about abbreviation in City Directory (USA)

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Re: Question about abbreviation in City Directory (USA)

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 5:47PM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 15 Jun 2012 2:55AM GMT
Surnames: Boswell
Hi Victoria,

The explanation is that it is a mistake made by the transcriber. If you look at the directory itself it shows that William F. Boswell works for U S A. It is then followed by his home address. The odd transcription shows for both 1918 and 1919.

Their *transcribers don't have the concept or a perception of where a person's name stops, and an employment place begins. I have even seen clk (meaning clerk) inserted into someone's name & in the directory itself, the person's job is working as a clk at particular company.

*or the directories were done for ancestry by use of (OCR) optical character recognition.

I hope this helps!

(USA may be initials for the company he worked for or it was the USA - he worked for the federal government).
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