Census records for one household broken up into two sources
There's one household broken up into two records: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKBG-1TH and on the next page: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK1Z-YJT
Is there a place that I should go to report this and get it joined to one record? or just report here?
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
I have come to expect this with records relating to England & Wales census collections, but thought FamilySearch had devised a method of getting around this problem when US collections are involved. Perhaps someone familiar with dealing with these on a regular basis can confirm this is a standard behaviour and not a fault in the indexing / programming.
With the England & Wales records the family never appears in the same record if its members appear over two pages - i.e., some at the bottom of one page and others at the top of the next. This is due to the different references assigned to those on one page, compared to those on the next.
I don't know of another website that doesn't manage a way of getting around this problem, which causes real problems in connecting a "split" family group. At least you have the images available here, which allows you to quickly identify the fact that the household members do appear over two pages. This is not the case with the E&W records (if using a public account), which makes it very difficult to realise (from viewing just one record) you are not necessarily viewing a complete family unit.
In summary, from my experience (with E&W census records) this is not a faulty piece of indexing as such - just an issue that relates to FamilySearch's seemingly unique - and very unhelpful - way of presenting records that appear over two pages.1
FamilySearch did provide a fix in the 1950 U.S. Census. I don't know if that will ever be available with the new editing features for older censuses.0
This should be fixable when the new program for editing everything is applied to this collection. Unfortunately, this cannot be done right now. Just connect each person on both pages to the correct person in the family. You can make a note that the family was incorrectly split.1