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8:00am on Tuesday, 2nd August, 2005:

Friendly, Computer Researchers


I received an email from ancestry.com today, helpfully informing me of ... oh why don't I just show you what they said?

Dear Richard,
We have information about the name Bartle - taken from our US Immigration Collection - that we thought might interest you:
Top Places of Origin for Bartle
Place of Origin  Bartle Immigrants
England          68
Germany           7
Great Britain     7
Ireland           6
Marseilles        4
Wales             3

Cities, countries, unions...

These computer-generated messages, they try so hard to look natural, then they make simple category mistakes because they're pulling records from different databases without any checking of the contents.

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