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Saturday, May 16, 2020

A quiz from the Virtual Genealogist.

What's wrong with this transcription on Ancestry.com?

Here's the original document:  



Source: Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D\P\pet.s/2/1/3; Ancestry.com, Viewed: 2 May 2020.

We know from reading parish records that the format usually is:

Child's first name, father's first name, mother's first name, and surname.  For example, the last entry here is Gulielmus Johannis & Maria Comins. (Child, father, and mother).

The transcriber has attempted to follow this convention, leading to:

Child: Ambrosias
Father: Jane Nothus
Mother:  Male F Nothus
Surname: Nothus

There seem to be several Nothus families in this parish.  (!)

Ancestry shows 302 entries with this as a surname.  Many of them are in Germany and Finland.  But the odd thing is, frequently the parents have a different surname. 


Can someone please tell us who Ambrosius' parents are?

Send your answers to the VG at publications@smcgs.org

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