Posted By:Pat Seaver
Subject:Re: Spelling of Seaver in 1850 census/SEARCE
Post Date:May 24, 2001 at 06:59:28
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You are absolutely right. The old "S" can also look like an "L" and vice versa.

Did you find the "Searce" spelling in a transcription or from viewing the actual census image? I have found a number of mistranscriptions from census records. One was an age transcribed as 95 in a book of census records. When I looked at the actual image, it was 75, which made much more sense. If I hadn't checked the actual image, I would have eliminated the individual from consideration, based on the age of 95, which just didn't fit.