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  1. The Family History Show – London 22nd September

    We are gearing up to the Family History Show in London later this month.  Run by the organisers of the Yorkshire Family History Show, we are excited to attend this year, on Saturday 22nd September.  It is held at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, which has ample free parking and good rail links.  There will be free talks given throughout the day, and many family history societies and other genealogical groups will be attending.

    If you have any genealogical queries, or are interested in any of the courses run by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, pop along to the IHGS stand where representatives of both Achievements and IHGS will be there to help.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    Further information on the day can be found here.

  2. Place of birth Mexico . . . . or Middlesex?

    Transcription errors are far from rare within indexes of genealogical sources, not least in census records.  Poor handwriting and misunderstanding information can cause all sorts of mistakes to be made within the original records themselves, as well as the indexes compiled at a later date.

    A perhaps surprisingly common error is the indexing of “Middlesex” to read “Mexico”.  Type in Mexico as a place of birth within any census search engine, and many results are given.  But look closely, and how many suggest indexing errors?  For example, with the 1901 census surely “Holborn Mexico” and “Southall Mexico” and the numerous entries relating to “London Mexico” all refer to the county of Middlesex?

    So take care when examining indexes, and always look at the original!

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