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From: "Virginia W. Kelly" <>
Subject: Re: [MDAll'gny] Re: [MDALLEGA] Accents & the Census Taker
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 11:21:52 -0800
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----- Original Message -----
From: "K. Fitzgerald" <>
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 10:15 PM
Subject: [MDAll'gny] Re: [MDALLEGA] Accents & the Census Taker
> How true! And today's transcribers are just as prone to making errors as
> yesteryear's were.
> I hope no one will take offense by the story to follow, it is true and the
> wording is certainly not meant to offend.
> If "cuss words" gross you out, stop reading now.
> A couple of days ago I visited the Crawford Co. Iowa Website and noticed
> that they were posting transcriptions of the 1900 census for select
> Co. towns. My father's hometown of Vail was listed so I popped in to see
> my grandfather had been included as I wasn't sure when he'd gone into
> business there. As I scanned the surname entries for his name, I came
> one for a 'Shiting, George'.
> My thought..."Oh my, imagine that for a last name!"
> I glanced at the age and martial status of this fellow...'28 and single'.
> My thought..."Not surprising!"
> Wondering what country might have spawned such a surname, I looked for his
> place of birth and that of his parents....'Iowa for him and England for
> My thought..."Well the word "crap" is said to comes to us by way of that
> English plumber Thomas Crapper.Hmmm?"
> I then glanced over to see what sort of profession someone with such a
> might have had back in 1900 in that small town. I froze when I saw the
> And not because the very idea of someone with such a name working with
> was awful.
> Rather because I knew a bit about the history of this little town!
> After staring at the man's name once again to be sure my old eyes had not
> been playing tricks on me, I checked the month and year of this man's
> and moaned when I saw that he'd been born in Jan.of 1872.
> This was not an entry for someone unfortunate enough to have the name
> This was a transcription error for MY grandfather George Whiteing!
> I'd seen our surname misspelled as Whiting many times........but never
> I immediately e-mailed the gal who'd done the transcription, even sent her
> link to my website where a gif of Grandpa's business card can be seen and
> I'm relieved to report that when I checked the site today I found that the
> family surname had been repaired!
> Ah the joys of genealogy!
> Bye for now,
> Kathleen (Whiteing) Fitzgerald
I loved your story, Virginia
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Elaine D Tomkins" <>
> > To: <>
> > Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 6:17 PM
> > Subject: [MDAll'gny] Re: [MDALLEGA] Accents & the Census Taker
> > > Heck, Kathleen, they didn't even have to come from another country.
> > they so much
> > > as had an accent different from the census taker's, the name was
> > somewhat
> > > strangely. My GG-Grandfather Moreland moved his family from eastern
> > Hampshire Co.,
> > > WV, across the river to Oldtown in the early 1860's, a distance of
> > 20 miles.
> > > The family name appeared on the 1870 Allegany Co. Census as "Moland."
> > had to go
> > > through the census page-by-page to find them and almost overlooked
> > I was used
> > > to finding it as Morland, but not as Moland, y'all.
> > >
> > > Elaine, also in Ohio
> > >
> > >
> > >
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