Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cross-matching data with Internal Affairs

Today's notice in the newspaper about the Ministry of Social Development matching dead people's data with that in its own database gave me a bit of a chuckle.

Knowing how many errors there are in the Internal Affairs database of births, deaths, and marriages, I would imagine that it's still a probability that fraud is possible.

Some very interesting conversations on other news groups about indexing errors found, the name of one family was found spelled about four or more different ways (all now corrected), makes me realise that finding what we want is a happy coincidence.

Back in July, I posted about these errors, I was told by a person at BDM that they were considering a 'fuzzy search' facility. I say - come on BDM - roll it out and put us dead people detectives out of our misery.

1 comment:

  1. It certainly sounds as though the 'fuzzy search' is what we need.
    BDM don't hold all records of these events, one on my husband's line died in 1861. The BDM haven't recorded his death yet but his inquest report was published in the newspaper at the time. You certainly do need to look beyond BDM for so much.