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    How do I submit corrections to the 1950 U.S. Census?

    Nathaniel Bacon Newbie

      AI & OCR for 1950 U.S. Census: Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee ED: 73-5, Sheet 7, Line 12 should read: Bacon, Lester D.

        • Re: How do I submit corrections to the 1950 U.S. Census?
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Bacon,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Census enumerators usually collected information verbally from the persons they enumerated, and misspelled names often arise because the enumerated misheard what the person said, failed to ask for a spelling, or simply accidentally wrote the wrong information. Also, the draft 1950 census index was created using machine learning assisted Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which can be inaccurate due to issues such as: illegible handwriting, poor image orientation (slightly sideways), variations in image quality (light, dark, or poor contrast), text obscured by handwritten flourishes from letters on the line above or below, different handwriting styles, and because surnames written only on the line for the head of household and other persons in the household with a different surname. For more information see 1950 Census:  Please Help NARA Refine the Draft Name Index!


          The website has a built-in transcription tool for you to submit corrected transcriptions. If you know that a name was written incorrectly by the census enumerator (writer) or has been incorrectly transcribed by the OCR, we encourage you to submit a transcription with the correct spelling of the name. Each line allows for up to 5 transcriptions to allow for variations and corrections. This will not change the name in the Census, but it will allow for a person searching on your version of the name to find the correct population schedule.


          To do this, click on the “Help Us Transcribe Names” button when viewing a population schedule. Follow the prompts to register your email address. After verifying your email address, the tool will walk you through how to submit a transcription. For more information, please see: 1950 Census:  Transcription Tool FAQs

          We hope this is helpful.

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