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Thursday, November 30, 2017

MyHeritage Adds User Corrections to Historical Records' Indexing
One of frustrating the parts of doing online genealogical research is relying on the sometimes faulty indexing of digitized records. I regularly find records that have been mis-indexed, but usually only after an extended search. All that is really needed is the ability to annotate or correct the online indexed records and then others searching for the same information would not have such a difficult time. In fulfilling this need, has introduced a sophisticated feature that allows users to correct mistranscribed or misspelled names in historical records on their SuperSearch™ program.

This new feature is announced and explained in detail in their recent blog post entitled, "New Feature: Do-it-Yourself Historical Record Fixes." This feature on is not only intended to "fix" transcription or indexing errors but also to correct information contained in the original document such as clerical errors on the part of the person who wrote the original record.

This concept moves the process of indexing into a closer association with those who are doing research in original documents. In the past and as is also the case presently, indexing projects are conducted either by paid contractors or volunteers. The marvelous work done by these indexers has revolutionized genealogical research. But very very few of these contractors and volunteers are experienced genealogical researchers themselves. Adding a feature, such as the one introduced by, allows those who are actually involved in the research process to increase the reliability of the existing indexes.

Obviously, the original record is not altered. The fix involves adding alternative readings of the record. What is most helpful is that automatically adds the alternatives to their search engine technology, SuperSearch™.

Rather than reproduce the entire blog post, I suggest you read the original article linked above.

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