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From: "Anne Cruise" <>
Subject: Re: Different scans of the same page???
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 15:16:02 -0000
Ancestry scans are "digitally enhanced" - that is, they remove anything that
looks like a scratch, speckle, or very faint mark. FreeBMD scans are not
I would *suggest* that the 5 on the Ancestry scan had a faint "back" or loop
closure that was removed by the software.
The worst example of this I have seen was the removal of two cross bars on
the handwritten letter "t" so the name appeared as (caps for emphasis)
LILLLE instead of LITTLE. The FreeBMD scan showed the crossbars perfectly,
If the 5 is clearly a 5 on the FreeBMD scan I personally would accept the 5.
Have you used the Vol / Page search on FreeBMD to check for a Thomas
Whitehouse at either reference - just in case there were two?
I am assuming that the check was done for a GRO certificate reference and
not for transcribing. If you are transcribing, the Ancestry scans are a
no-no because of the "enhancement" anyway.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stanier Alan M" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:46 PM
Subject: Different scans of the same page???
>I attach two scans, apparently of the same page from the GRO Death Index
> volume for SEP 1849.
> 1849d3-W-792-1.tif is from FreeBMD.com, while SEP_1849.jpg is from
> These scans should be identical, however, the entry for Thomas
> WHITEHOUSE in Dudley differs on the two scans: FreeBMD has Dudley 18
> 216, ancestry.co.uk has Dudley 18 215
> Have you any idea how this can have happened? And which entry is
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