Millard or Hillard, original Parish Records, or third party transcripts ?

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Reading through family trees, I noted a transcription error. My microfiche of the original Parish Registers for Walton, Somerset, UK., clearly shows a surname of Millard. Because of a transcription error, and subsequent multiple copies, many folk use Hillard. This means that the individual is shown 'unsourced'. In spite of my many attempts to correct this error, it still persists. I believe that the individual's contemporary that wrote the original entry in the registers, is more likely to have it correct, than a transcriber of many years later. Where do I go from here to finally get this corrected.
asked in The Tree House by Tim Perry G2G6 Mach 2 (27.6k points)

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I would look for records of other family members that confirm your reasoning and then contact the holders of the various index sets where it has been wrongly transcribed. Some will make a correction if you provide appropriate evidence, others will not.
answered by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (620k points)
It's the curse of the internet. Someone posts, without checking the original data, other folk all around the world copy, once again without checking the original registers.

Before you know it, they are arguing that it must  be correct, because, "Everybody says so".

Please, NEVER accept third party transcripts on face value. ALWAYS check them out.

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