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Subject: Re: [CENSUS-CHAT] 1930 Federal Census
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 17:59:50 EDT
Since the soundexing was done in the 1930's prior to the outbreak of WWII as
part of the federal government's "Make work" program through the WPA, don't
look to see any more soundexes appearing before the 1930 census is released.
Some of us will just have to get our genealogy societies mustered and do it
I like the system the LDS use for their extraction program. Two people read
each film independently, making a card with what they think the film says.
Then a 3rd person reads the two cards. If they are the same, one card is
kept, the other is put on reserve (in case of loss or damage), and the other
is used. If the cards aren't the same, the third person checks the film and
tries to determine which if either is the correct interpretation of the film.
I believe it cuts down on errors somewhat. It does tie up a lot more
manpower, but is probably more accurate than one person reading. That
doesn't solve the problem of somebody who wrote it wrong in the first place,