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.”
Dear Ancestry Insider,
My aunt was named Regina Monica Shea. She didn't use Regina and signed herself “R. Monica.” The 1900 US Census for Lawrence, MA lists her as “HARMONICA SHEA.”
That’s funny. That poor census enumerator. The informant probably said “R Monica” and the enumerator heard “Harmonica.”