Classic transcription error "Wdw" (widow) on census transcribed as "William"
Where do I report a volunteer's transcription error on censuses? It is causing the deceased to appear as living at the census date. "Wdw Zephirin Folse, female." The widow of an ancestor who died circa 1837 is recorded correctly on 1840, 1850, and 1860 censuses and slave schedules as the head of household. The census taker entered her name as the widow of her husband, writing "Wdw" before her husband's name ("Wdw Zephirin Folse"), and recorded female for the sex. All of this is fine. Fast forward 180 years to the problem: A volunteer transcribed this census info incorrectly. They assumed "Wdw" was an abbreviation for William and entered the name of the person as William Zephirin Folse. Family trees all over the internet have Zephirin Folse listed as still alive in 1840, 1850, and 1860 because of this. But he was deceased and his strong and capable widow was taking care of the family business and affairs. Can we please correct this and give her the credit and return him back to the grave?