Missing Townsends in Warwickshire?

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In searching for Townsends in Warwickshire, I discovered the Lighthorne Parish Register has transcribed "Townsends" in a variety of ways all beginning with "COM" up until 1630.  Amazing when one considers John Townsend was a church warden . . . . .
in The Tree House by Rico X G2G Crew (470 points)

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "COM". Could you give an example? I found some entries on familysearch that looked fine and the digitised images have even been uploaded too. Here's one for example:

"England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1535-1984," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHXN-1G2 : accessed 2 May 2016), Thomas Townsende, 11 Sep 1614, Christening; citing Lighthorne, Warwickshire, England, Record Office, Warwick; FHL microfilm 549,948


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I do not consider familysearch.org a reliable source but, in this instance, they do appear to have the children of John and Thomas transcribed, but if you refer to the actual register and click on "Index" you will see William Townsend (27.IX.1612)  is transcribed as "Cohonofendo" whereas John (20.VII.1606) is transcribed as "Coomfend", etc.
Mistakes will creep into any source. I have a family ancestor who Ancestry have transcribed as Farnes when his name is James.

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