1870 Ohio and Indiana overrun with Floridians!
Been working on the Barber family ( a Barber working on Barber's - cute) and the 1870 census for Florida is BRUTAL!!! Lafaytte County has been changed to Florida, Lafayette Township, Madison, Indiana, United States OR Florida, Flatrock Township, Henry, Ohio, United States.
Sure, it's searchable but only to the state of Florida, you can't "narrow" it down to a particular county. On the part below that has Flatrock, there is a "down arrow" and you can see where the original place was Orange Co, Florida but the super duper awesome program that changed place names really got this one wrong.
NameWilliam BarberSexMaleAge17 yearsBirth Year (Estimated)1853BirthplaceFloridaRaceWhiteEvent TypeCensusEvent Date1870Event PlaceFlorida, Flatrock Township, Henry, Ohio, United States
Event Place (Original)Florida, United StatesHousehold Identifier520Line Number12Page Number47Affiliate Publication NumberM593Affiliate NameThe U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
It is extremely annoying to have to correct the entry. I even found one that was corrected to a place in VERMONT
The 1885 Florida census is just about unsearchable. Again the locations have been computer corrected say "Orange, Liberty Florida" to "Chipley, Washington, Florida"
The 1885 census is missing first names as well, just surnames and then you get to look at each page and see who is there. This isn't on every page, it's fairly random, albeit annoying. And don't even think about trying to enter a name, it would take forever and would probably be deleted somewhere down the line.
Thanks for listening, I know it will take forever to fix. I just wanted to put it out there. Back in the day I did A LOT if indexing (you know, before we had to change that and make it more time consuming as well) and I know these census records were all properly indexed and it is very discouraging to know that that is lost.
Again, thanks for listening to my rant. I've gotta go find some Barber's to search in another state :)