12 August 2010

Checking the Original Reveals Errors

I'm working on a list of siblings for my Clark Sargent for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues--in an attempt to cement the relationships and determine other things about the family.
While completing census work, I located brother Amos Sargent in Potsdam, New York, in 1850. While waiting for the census image to load, I was reading the transcription that appears beneath the image on Ancestry.com. It's small on the image shown here, but the transcription lists an Alonzo Sargent and I wondered who he was. Turns out he really wasn't Alonzo Sargent, but was Alonzo Page--a hired hand or something most likely.
Always pays to read the actual image!