Uncle Newport’s Not OCR’d Correctly

There’s one search lesson in this image and another lesson as well. This reference my great uncle is indexed as Newport Ufkes (in an index created by OCR technology). Why it didn’t end up as Ufkes Newport is probably because the comma was interpreted as following the last name. This makes the point that first and last name indexes created using OCR technology can easily be a little off–because of the automated process.

The Ufkes at the left end of row three is my great uncle and at first I didn’t think the man the picture referred to looked like him. Then I read the text more carefully. Row 1 was the top row, not the bottom row. When I counted row three using the top row as row 1, the image looked like a younger version of the man I knew.

It’s all about perspective.


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