How come these Swedes were born in Y, Somme, Picardie, France?

+13 votes

Well there is already an answer in G2G:

But perhaps, since it is such a common error, it might be included in the database errors project? It should be possible to spot, no?


WikiTree profile: Per Sjulsson
in The Tree House by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (591k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry

Feels like we should have some kind of validation of places people die in ;-) 

A search on Google Y, Somme, Picardie, France

gives us About 2 460 results

Internet makes genealogy easy ==> easy to make errors and copy errors....

I've seen that location many times in an obviously unlikely circumstance.
I feel sorry for anyone with ancestors who actually did die there!
I have seen some other similar location bloopers - but since I don't remember exactly what they were, I cannot search for them. Will have to note it down next time I stumble across one.

As for Y, Somme, Picardie it would be a kindness to the people who actually lived there to clean up the erroneous instances on wikitree. We cannot do much about the rest of the Internet ;-)

As for Sjulsson and a cluster of descendents with the same location error, there is an online tree in existence, showing a more appropriate location. One might even be able to source the family (in a while, when it won't confuse the readers of this thread).

4 Answers

+7 votes
Best answer

New errors: 606, 636, 666 Bogus location

606636666 Bogus location: This location is inserted as location by autocomplete operations of some softwares or websites.

Errors Total 0000-0000 0001-1499 1500-1699 1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999
606 Bogus birth location 58 10 4 31 5 8  
636 Bogus death location 980 45 178 288 327 141 1


by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (831k points)
selected by Eva Ekeblad
+7 votes
These locations were probably generated by a "smart" (ahem) genealogy software program that has a "sophisticated" (ahem) geo-database against which it checks what people enter manually. And that the person entering the data did not realize what happened. And then the gedcom got uploaded to wikitree, and this is the result.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (934k points)
Yup, that's a neat and short version of the longer (and more particular) explanation someone posted in the older thread.
+7 votes

And I thought WikiTree is very popular in France.

Well I chose Y as an obvious error in location field (See error 632). I thought it was GEDCOM import problem since it is often followed with /. Looks like it can be also Yes case.

I can make another error for "Y, Somme, Picardie", to find all occurrences of that town. If you want to make WikiTree free of Y.

I can make same also for other such places, if they exists and need reviewing.

Here is Wikitree Location summary for Y and Yes in location.

by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (831k points)
Interesting. The welsh ones may be false errors - or perhaps they should not be using the definite article (Y) there.

"Yes, working on it" made me actually laugh out loud.

At Y Beach, Gallipoli I would be surprised if only one person died. The others must not be on wikitree yet

Also, I guess I have set myself up for reviewing the Swedish occurrences of Y, Somme, Picardie.

So do you need an error to find them in
Well, maybe it is no hurry. Still plenty to do with the other types of error.

This one has Yes Date unknown in bitlh location. Good to know she was born.

Ah, but we have no source for that ;-)
Some others that are common and almost always wrong

Sea, Indonesia

Anjou, Rhône-Alpes

Richmond, Wise
I found an explanation for Sea Sulawesi Tengah Indonesia - posted at the Ancestry board in 2011!! - apparently it is what those "helpful" autosuggesting fields give you when you ar inattentious and wish to indicate that somebody was lost at sea. Full explanation here:
I can prepare an error with custom locations, that Could be entered on some Free Space page, so any user could add a location, that would be shown on next recalculation. I would automatically use locations on the page.
+6 votes
I don't know how it happens, but I find this particular location showing up a lot on family tree at it could be that there is something in their software that is triggering this location.
by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (540k points)

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