Making Mistakes

It is all too easy to get things wrong in family history. Who was it who said that 90% of the pedigrees on FamilySearch are garbage? Everybody makes mistakes – and many fail to spot errors made by others.

About a year ago, I wrote this –

Henry…farmed at Newbiggin. He married Annie Elizabeth GRUBB at St Oswald’s in March 1899 and about fourteen months later their first child, Mary, was born at the farm. A year later the trio was living in Filey, at Number 1, The Crescent, where an uncle James WADDINGHAM was head of the household.

It has recently been pointed out to me that there was no such person as “Uncle James”. (See comments on Little Children.)

Here is the transcription that threw me.

Why did I accept James and not notice Widow and Female? For dereliction of duty I’m guilty as charged.

This is what the transcriber saw in the page image –

In 1861 George Waddingham was living with Jane in Sluice Lane, South Ferriby, Lincolnshire. The enumerator wrote their birthplaces in his book thus –

The transcriber saw this as –

By 1891 George and Jane had settled in The Crescent, Filey. Annie Grubb was with them. She was the daughter of Jane’s sister Mary who had died in 1867 and so not related to her uncle by blood.  

Glance back to the last scrap of page image, with the information ignored by the transcriber. What do you make of Jane’s birthplace? The transcriber of the 1891 census rightly saw “Beswick”…

… but I reckon the enumerator misheard. The Wheatley lands near Bainton, Driffield were here –

Find George, Jane, Mary and Annie on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

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