Correcting incorrect data, How
Richard Elmer Browning race is incorrect, should be White. Mothers last name is also incorrect, should be McAleer.
DonCallaway1, thanks for using Community. What is the ID of Richard Elmer Browning? Where specifically is this issue? This information will help up to see what you are seeing.0
The link is provided above.
You will notice that "Edit" on this record is "greyed out", meaning no correction can be made. In these circumstances you just have the option of making a note of the errors when attaching this as a source to Richard Elmer Browning on his Family Tree ID.
As I now see it has already been attached, I suggest you now add a note of the true facts in the "Reason statement" field.0
Where is the reason statement field? I have been notining a lot of errors on this site.0
The Reason Statement field to which I am referring appears at the bottom of the item in question - currently attached to the Sources section of Richard Elmer Browning's record. When a record is not editable, your only option is to make a note in this box - in this case confirming his correct racial group and his mother's correct last name. You could also create Notes in the Collaboration section of his pages and put comments under "Life Sketch".
There are lots of errors on every family history website, but it is more difficult to make corrections on FamilySearch compared to most others.0
There is always the possibility that the information is correct. With both the race and the mother's name not matching, this could be a record for a different Richard Elmer Browning.
I see the DoB matches some of the later sources so this may be less likely. But not impossible.0
No, the information is not correct. It is clearly a transcription error. The names of the father and mother are even typed out so no chance of bad handwriting. See link below. I would provide that link as another source. I'm sure there is a process for reporting transcription errors when they are not editable???
@Paul W Based on the fact that you can now source the original document, I recommend you delete the source linked to the incorrect indexed information and provide ONLY a source to the direct document where all information will be visible. That is what I would do. And I would do it for all three people, because they all have transcription errors.0
As you will see from the above, it was not me reporting the probem, but @DonCallaway1.
Unfortunately, your suggestion of deleting the source with the wrong information is not the recommended action that FamilySearch would suggest, as someone else would only reattach it in time. The advice is to attach all sources and make notes on errors, when they are not editable.
On your other point - no: there is no mechanism for reporting transcription errors to FamilySearch.
However, it was great you found the original document, which does confirm Don's assertions.1
Oh, Sorry. Yes, my error. @DonCallaway1 please see my previous 2 posts and consider what I have written. I tagged the wrong person there.0
In reference to the incorrect spelling of my mothers name. I received a email about grandmother ELVA PULPHER. It listed all of her children and my mother name is misspelled. The name on this history says her name is Salvora it should be spelt LaVora. I am LaVora’s oldest son Merwin Lester Holgate. I need to know how I can get this corrected. Thanks so much.0
My Grandfather was WIlliam Pangle Cooper born August 3, 1868 and Died on Dec. 19, 1905. His parents were Joseph Cooper born May 18, 1840 and Died July 19, 1906 and Dorcas Amanda Lane born Dec. 30, 1841 and Died July 30, 1889.His grandparents were Frances Marion Cooper born May 18, 1818 and Died about 1850 and Luisa McNabb born Oct. 22, 1817 and Died after 1860.
Someone erroneously stated his father was Linville Francis Cooper, which is totally wrong.
I can back up my information from the family Bible.
I don't know how to correct the error from my end.
Thank you for your help.
Mary Lynn Cooper Felsberg0
@Mary Lynn Felsberg In looking at the record, there is ample evidence in the 1870 Census that the parent child records as shown now are incorrect. FamilySearch is a collaborative space for all family historians to work together. I would contact the person who removed the correct parents and substituted the incorrect parents. I would show the 2 census records which prove Linville F Cooper did not have a son named William P Cooper (he had a son named William C Cooper) and I would let that person know you will be editing the record to show the correct parents.
What I actually do in the limited number of times this has happened to me, I actually leave the incorrect parents, mark them as NOT preferred, and put an explanation in the life story of why the alternate parents are incorrect.1
My mother’s given name, middle name, and surname are incorrectly spelled in the original census document.
Tried to correct them but got the message that it was not possible!
I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
Just in passing ...
IF, the ACTUAL "Details" (ie. "Spelling") of a "Name", on the "Image" of Census, is incorrect; but, has been "Transcribed"; as, "Recorded" (ie. as appears), on the "Image"; THEN, such should NOT be corrected.
And, such, should be left "As Is".
IF, the ACTUAL "Details" (ie. "Spelling") of a "Name", on the "Image" of Census, is correct; but, has been "Transcribed" incorrectly; NOT as, "Recorded" (ie. as appears), on the "Image"; THEN, such MAY be able to be correct; but, unfortunately, may NOT be able to be corrected.
NOT all "Sources" can be "Edited" (ie. "Corrected").
Here are some "Knowledge Articles", in 'FamilySearch':
Why can't I fix indexing or transcription errors?
How do I correct indexing errors in historical records?
IF, you are cannot, "Edit" (ie. "Correct") a "Source"; THEN, ...
One thing, that you can do, is to make a "Note" of ANY such "Discrepancy" in the "Title" of the "Source"; and/or, maybe, include such in the "Reason", that the "Source" is attached.
Just my thoughts.
I hope, that this may help/assist; whereas, it may not; but, I hope, that this may provide you with, some additional, insight; and, perspective.
@Judith Puddy You weren't quite clear as to what the misspelling was. Did the transcriber not type correctly when indexing the census, or did the Census enumerator not write down the correct spelling? Can you please provide the exact individual, with ID, and census year you are talking about?0
Here is a good example: I just got from Family Search a Fan Chart with my dad's last name spelt Calloway which is incorrect. Should be Callaway. The error is from census data where the recorder splet the name as Calloway for my grandfather. The census data can not be changed but the Family Search entry should be changed. I did that this morning. A person saw the census record and changed the record without researching and that is a problem. This Callaway vs Calloway has been an issue all our lives and I assume it will continue.0
@DonCallaway1 If you believe the spelling is a certain way, you need to add sources which prove it. The worst thing in the world is to change a fact from what sources support, to something different with no sources, but only a reason of "I know it to be true."0