I see this all the time when I look through the British censuses (on Ancestry.co.uk
). There are so many difficulties. Illegible handwriting, poor spelling by the transcriber and the fact that people weren't required to give their full legal name.
I have one ancestor who is down as "Annie
M", "Mary Anna
" and "Marianne
" on consecutive censuses.
Baptism records are even worse for mistakes in my experience.
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