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Cranborne & Beaminster in Dorset, England.

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Cranborne & Beaminster in Dorset, England.

Posted: 1363433104000
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Edited: 1363433195000
Hi all,

Thought I should start the ball rolling on this board as I asked for it to be created. (Didn't think it would happen; I reported this "issue" to Ancestry a couple of months ago and they haven't corrected it.)

For anyone researching Cranborne; the supposed first 2 decades of records (1580-89 & 1590-99) actually belong to Beaminster, as is evident in the pages preceding the 1907 transcriptions explaining their history, (these transcriptions being the online records). I have no idea whether records for Cranborne for these 2 decades exist; if someone has found them I'd love to know! (They aren't under Beaminster!)

If you are researching Beaminster, the first decade of records, 1580-89, just isn't there, but it is filed under Cranborne! The second decade, 1590-99, is in the right place.

I suppose this thread could also be used for major transcription errors which we are unable to correct.

For example; in Cranborne 1770-79 the first image has 1775 following 1769 (they used to put a sort of tail at the top of the zeroes, making them look a bit like fives) while for the next image the transcription goes back to 1770!

This sort of thing of course leads to problems using the search; but to be honest the transcriptions are generally so bad anyway that I just trawl through the images; checking with Dorset OPC at the same time.

Hope all this is of help to someone,

Sue Sims.

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