We depend upon records to reveal the “truth” about our pasts.
Yet sometimes records have anomalies. Some are amusing or humorous. Some are interesting or weird. Some are peculiar or suspicious. Some are infuriating, even downright laughable.
Yes, “Records say the Darnedest Things.”
Records Say the Darnedest Things: Darned Family Dog
In a recent promotional email, FindMyPast.co.uk pointed out an interesting entry in the 1911 Census of England and Wales: the Little family’s five year old pet, Roger. “Incidentally, we have an Airedale Terrier. I do not know whether particulars are required, but in case you want them here they are!”
Roger was dutifully indexed by FindMyPast and then provided to FamilySearch:
Roger also shows up as part of the Little family on the Ancestry.com website, where his occupation is faithfully listed as, “Watch Dog.”
Darned Airedale Terrier.