> I d/l "my" GenWeb county and am indexing it on my own.
> I am also helping index "my" state and two others via FamilySearch. Most
> of the enumerators I've seen have decent handwriting, so that isn't the
> But I gotta tell you, someone was running a contest to see which enumerator
> could misspell the most given names. The surnames seem to suffer less and
> the place names hardly at all (although there are a few winners there too).
> So, for the future, when the search engines are up and running -- you're
> going to have to get SERIOUSLY creative or rely on surnames and your
> eyeballs. :( Because the indexers can only index what the enumerator
> wrote, not what he should have written.
> Cheryl Singhals <sing...@erols.com
In the 1880 Census, my great grandfather Gunder Larson became Lars Gunderson.
Found him by going through the images - his wife and five kids had the correct
given names and ages.