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Problem verifying my 1881 england wales census entry

Discussion in 'General Genealogical Queries' started by BobeeB, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. BobeeB

    BobeeB LostCousins Member

    I am following the instruction to press the arrow beside the ancestor entry to take me to the 1881 FMP census. The ancestor was not found. By trial and error, I found that the folio number 69A required the A in order for the ancestor to be found. However, the the entry form does not allow a letter (A) to be entered. Have other folks encountered this? I did find the entry when I manually entered the A beside the 69 in the FMP search. This seems like unnecessary work when the problem could be solved by being able to enter the A in the Lost Cousins template in the first place.
    Nothing to do with this problem, I could not find an ancestor in the 1881 Scotland census in Family Search. However, I did find him in Find My Past, but unfortunately they do not give the references that are required for Lost Cousins. What to do?
     
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    An alphabetic suffix, usually A, indicates that the person numbering the sheets at the Public Record Office made an error - they are rare occurrences (about 1 in 1000). Ignoring the suffixes enabled the folio number to be designated as a numeric field, rather than as an alphanumeric field, and this prevented inadvertent errors being made during input.

    The reference checking feature was added a decade later by which point in excess of a million entries had been input - it was not feasible to retrospectively alter the procedure. Entering the suffix manually is the only solution, and whilst it takes a few seconds longer, it's such a rare occurence that most members are never affected.
    The LDS transcription at ScotlandsPeople is the recommended source for this census (see the Census Links page for recommended sites). Note that the Add Ancestor form also includes the advice 'If you have trouble finding any of the references see this FAQ'.
     

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