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WARNINGS regarding Broderbund CDs:  Miscellaneous Glitches

2 Dec 2009

There's an error on CD-229, among the Tennessee marriages for Blount County.  The CD shows
Cupp, Frederick Hill, Ruth Emeline 27 Jul 1815

This is a mixup of these two records:
CUPP, Frederick CAPSHAW, Nancy 27 Jul 1815
CUPP, George HILL, Ruth Emeline 27 Nov 1823

15 Dec 2005

On the 1830 census index CD, there are entries for Cass County, GA, but Cass County was not created until 1832.  A further check shows these are names and page numbers for the 1850 census, not 1830.  I haven't confirmed it, but I suspect any entry for Cass County on the CD is an error.  I haven't checked to see if other counties are aflicted with the same error.

16 Sep 2002

On the 1820 census index CD (Broderbund CD-314), Bradford County, Pennsylvania, is misindexed as Bedford County.

13 Apr 2002

I've just discovered a major flaw in the Broderbund Marriage Index CD for Ohio, 1851-1900 (CD-236).  I've only tested Pickaway County, so there may be other counties on the CD with a similar flaw.

The CD contains only marriages for men whose surnames begin with the letters A through K; letters L through Z are missing.  There are wives with surnames A through Z, but only because they married men with surnames A through K.

So, if you're tearing your hair out because you think someone *should* have a marriage record in Pickaway Co., OH, between 1851 and 1900 and the husband's surname begins with a letter L through Z now you know why you can't find them on the CD.  Thankfully, there are post-1850 Pickaway County marriages online at the LDS Family Search web site.

5 Jul 2001

On the 1820 Census Index CD, Coxsackie Twp., Greene Co., NY, has the state as PA.  This is potentially confusing for researchers in both states.  I have not checked to see what other townships or other counties might be afflicted.

Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):
1820 Ely, John PA Greene Co. Coxsackie Twp. p. 72
Coxsackie Twp. is in Greene Co., NY, not Greene Co., PA.

28 May 2001

Nancy Pfannenstiel has brought to my attention that on Broderbund Marriage Index CD-229, the marriages attributed to Monroe Co., KY, appear to belong to Monroe Co., TN.  The Monroe County Courthouse burned, so there are no extant county marriage records, and there shouldn't be any on this CD.  My preliminary examination confirms the error.

8 May 2001 

Some townships in Knox Co., OH, wrong on the 1820 census CD
Same problem with the 1810 Census of Northampton Co., PA.  Part of the problem is that the original bound census pages were unbound, flattened, and rebound before microfilming and numbering, one result of which is that townships in the index CDs are wrong.  I have made a correct index for Knox Co., OH (link above), but otherwise, you have to see the original film to tell what township someone is really in.  The problem was created by the National Archives a pox on them for rebinding the schedules out of order! but should have been spotted and corrected by the indexers, so two wrongs have conspired to create an unreliable index.  Probably the entire state's schedules are affected in both cases, that is, all of Ohio in 1820 and all of Pennsylvania in 1810, and who knows how many other states and years...

19 August 2001

I've just discovered that the 1830 census index (Broderbund CD-315) has Hardin Co., TN, as "Yardin" Co. TN.  According to both my Webster's Geographical Dictionary and to Goldbug's AniMap software, there is not now and never has been a "Yardin" County in Tennessee.  It is clear, for that and other reasons, that "Yardin" is Hardin Co.

2 June 2001

I've just discovered a record on the 1810 census index (Broderbund CD-313) for Genesee Co., NY, where the numerical data have a "frame shift."  I have no idea, yet, whether this is a fluke or if there is a pattern.  See this page for the record involved. 

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