Friday Funny: Indexing Mistakes


I know, I know. The indexers are only human and make mistakes. Yeah, I get that. I make more than my fair share of mistakes too. But it’s really frustrating to see the butchery of last names. Some you can sort of maybe figure out and the soundex will throw it out as an option and you still find the person you’ve been searching for. But sometimes, oh, sometimes a name is so butchered you won’t ever find them.

Skillthorp is the name I spent a lot of time searching for. Ancestry gives me god awful suggestions that are nowhere near what I’m looking for. When I eventually find them (oh, and I will find them), I could just bet the handwriting will be atrocious and I’ll have to give the poor indexer a pass.

We’ll see, Ancestry, we’ll see.