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December 21, 2016's Failure to Correct Mistakes

Canadiana.Org has digitized 21 films of the Heir & Devisee Commission Papers (Heir & Devisee Commission papers 1797-1854, found in their Heritage Collection), and that's a good thing for genealogists. These records have valuable and informative genealogical documents.

But as mentioned in a previous blog post I wrote in August 2013 called Heir & Devisee Commission 1797-1854 on - Listing Errors and a Workaround, the index and description of what is in each film, as provided on, is INCORRECT.

Of the 21 microfilms on, 10 are incorrectly identified as to volume numbers and content contained. 

I have been slowly going through each film and noting the correct contents in detail.  My first set of detailed listings of the contents of film H1133 can be viewed at No Response from so here are the Heir & Devisee Commission Film Details 

It has been three (3) years since I wrote to (more than once) offering my list of corrections for their website and the one brief response I received was from whoever monitors their Twitter account - that response was simply that they would pass my message on. It is extremely disappointing to realize that simply doesn't care about serious errors on their website - errors which affect researchers. 
A complete and correct list of contents of film H1135 can be found on Olive Tree Genealogy website at Finding  Aid for Heir & Devisee Commission Online Films


Anna Matthews said...

That is terrible that they haven't responded to you. But thank you for your hard work and providing the information.

T said...

How lazy can you get? Someone does all the work FOR you and you can't be bothered to contact her? Can't correct your site? Why do you have Heir & Devisee Commission Papers on your site? Why not put them on Olive Tree Genealogy site and be done with it?

Elise said...

What about calling the new interim Executive Director directly? He used to be the Chief Info Officier previously too: Or, his email should still be the same...