Our aim is to produce an exact transcription of what the enumerator wrote down. If he got it wrong - so have we !. Some of the records are hard to decipher or totally unreadable, but we have taken our best shot. As with any research, it is important that YOU check the original source to confirm the information. Where we have been unable to decide just what an enumerator has written, we indicate our doubts by showing the text in green.
This green text solution is based on the online database flag system and there is an important caveat. The query flag nearly always covers more than one field. If therefore, you see a personal name in green, it maybe that the problem is in the forename, not the surname. Consulting the original document or a film is the only way you will resolve the problem.
If you feel enthused by that you read, please remember that the more volunteers there are, the faster it will be done. We are able to supply, courtsey of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), discs containing the images of the returns. This is at no cost to the volunteers. The returns are transcribed into a pre-formatted spreadsheet, also supplied. It is not rocket science.
In the second phase, another volunteer checks the transcription against the images, using a piece of software supplied by the Free Census project. Finally, the data is run through the third programme to produce a validated file that is uploaded to Free Census and to the NWOCP web pages. The layout and presentation of these pages was done by John Pope.