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From: "J.M. de Montalk" <>
Subject: Employment transposition!
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 17:30:49 +1200
References: <000c01c56194$51a5ed90$8200a8c0@Barb> <0ee501c561ab$cb1e7540$8e924154@user8aefylt54k> <002701c561b5$e39a9220$817ba8c0@Sauron> <000701c561dc$814c7c60$dbc8fea9@default>
On the piece I'm transcribing (1890) I have a male Phipps, head of household
etc, shown with a blank in the occupation column.The next entry is for his
wife Elizabeth, and she is shown with the occupation of "Butler". Would it
be acceptable to move the occupation to match with her husband's entry?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill McKinlay" <>
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:20 PM
Subject: Re: [UK-CENSUS] Impossible to read!
> Hi Diane,
> Sooner or later we all get the very good and the very difficult
> pieces to deal with. If you are using spreadsheets for input, the
> techniques I use are:
> 1. Start on the next ED then set aside a little time in each
> transcribing session to work on one or two of the difficult
> schedules. (Just insert the required number of lines) This saves
> the sanity as well as the eyesight - at least you feel happier
> that you are still making progress.
> 2. Schedule numbers, even if they are difficult to read at least
> are identifiable by the line they are on and you get an
> indication of what you are probably looking at by the last
> readable one.
> 3. Fill in the gender first. Even if the numbers are unreadable,
> you can usually tell which column they were written in. Knowing
> too whether the person is a male or female is a big help to
> determine if the forename is a Jane or a James.
> 4. Fill out as much of the rest that you can readily make out
> next. The family structure starts to become apparent - Head,
> wife, children... is it Scholar on the occupation column of a
> child for instance? Is what you can make out consistant with what
> you are likely to find?
> 5. Try and sort out the dittos in the surname column so you are
> not spending time on those and focusing on the first entry. Put
> in what you can make out of that, it may not be perfect but it
> may be close enough for it to be picked up by a phonetic search
> and is a big help to those who follow.
> 6. Use hyphens or other defaults as required for the totally
> illegible entries and flag the whole lot as uncertain.
> 7. Send a sympathy card to the checker and validator.
> On one occasion it took me a month to do 14 pages but I got a
> heck of a lot more done over the same period as well.
> Good luck.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Diane" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 5:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [UK-CENSUS] Impossible to read!
> | I have a whole bunch of pages that are so faded that I can't
> make out most of it. Does anyone have any suggestions or hints
> that may help? Most of the given names you can figure out
> eventually, but surnames are another story.
> | And if there is nothing I can do... what do I enter?
> | Diane (going blind in BC)
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