Getting a census index just right requires a lot of people – especially those whose families are being indexed.
We have all heard comments about the 1940 census. We applaud it’s amazingly quick availability though we are often frustrated by the inability to find select individuals. Sometimes it’s “operator error” in that we are not looking in the correct places, sometimes it’s name variants (just because we spell a surname a certain way now doesn’t mean it was spelled the same way in 1940), and sometimes it is that the index is in error.
I won’t talk about the first two items and there is a way for you to help improve the 1940 census, especially indexing errors! Check out this post on the ancestry.com Blog which discusses how YOU can make the index for the 1940 census better for all of us!
Have you found indexing errors for which you have submitted alternate info? If so, please share some of the corrections you have submitted!
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Upfront with NGS reader Janey Joyce sharesReplyDelete
"I have yet to spend much time with the 1940 census, but did find my father indexed as William O. Eanes, not William O. Eaves.
Looking at the digitized census record for him the v looks more like an n than a v. But the given names and ages of all of the members of his household were correct so there is no doubt that it was him.
It is easy to make such corrections in ancestry.com and I already have done so."