I have discovered a collection that has been indexed incorrectly.
The place name is in the wrong location.
For example is would be the equivalent of Salt Lake City, Texas instead of Salt Lake City, Utah.
There are over 9000 entries and they are currently not able to be edited on the site.
What can I do to report this and/or have it corrected?
I can't imagine having to correct each one individually!!
In 2021 I posted about a collection incorrectly indexed.
Now I have discovered that another (many) records for South Africa are incorrectly indexed.
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths 1863-1955 have all been indexed as BRAZIL.
Places in Port Elizabeth are indexed as Peru. Any South African knows that P.E. is Port Elizabeth, like Americans know that L.A. is Los Angeles.
Also a lot of records within South Africa indexed as CUBA.
My question is:
Does Family Search not have a place where this kind of thing can be reported and removed for correcting?
Why do volunteers who have no knowledge of a country choose to index that particular country?
Surely if you have chosen, for example, a South African index with obvious Xhosa/Zulu names, do you elect Brazil or Cuba? It makes no sense.
Any reply from fellow members or Family Search would really be appreciated.
In the meantime, I will continue to spend hours a day correcting place names.
The whole of this collection is indexed as CUBA.
The records are not able to be corrected on the site.
Family Search help required.
Hi Sharon, South Africa and Rhodesia records are being butchered. If you look at the record, the indexers original entry is the one shown as marriage place (original) typed Aliwal, Aliwal, Albert - this is due to poor project instructions from FS as there are no double named places like this for SA, but this is how they wanted them done, and the indexer having to follow both the project instruction, and the type what you see instruction. The Cuba placename is self inflicted by FS, who in their wisdom insist on running the indexed records through their flawed placename standardiser software prior to publication. Usually it latches onto a few phrases or letters, in this case i imagine since both places have a l and i in their name!! FS is notoriously unreachable at the best of times, and it doesnt help when so many SA records have the edit function disabled, and therefore we cannot even correct the rubbish. The problem is especially huge for the africa records, and I dont think FS realises the true scale of the mess they have created. As far as im aware, correction where editing is available is on a record by record basis...
Thanks for agreeing that the South African records are a mess! I thought I was alone in this because FS never responds. Maybe they don't even look at these discussions?
So it's back to hours editing one by one I suppose.
Annoying beyond belief but satisfying that at least they are commemorated by being born, married or died in the right place.