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A warning for all researching the AYRIS name

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A warning for all researching the AYRIS name

Posted: 1143800177000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ayris (Ayres), Papworth, Skinner
I have discovered in my researches that the AYRIS name is often mispelt. this is owing to the fact that most working class people of the 19th century and earlier couldnt read or write, therefore, their names were often transcribed by other people who just wrote down the nearest spelling they thought would be right. Also not being able to read and write meant they couldnt spell either, so they had no way of making sure their name was spelt correctly.. So in researching AYRIS, look for AYRES, AYRISS or any other near name. On the census records in Ancestry.com you will also find that its a good idea to view the scanned image of the original page. One of my relations Thomas Papworth was transcribed from the original as the daughter-in-law of my Ayris ancestor, its very indistinct, but going by his age and name he would have been the brother-in-law.
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