Maine, Maryland, What’s the Real Difference?

It can be easier to get locations confused when you’ve never been there and the places are hundreds of miles away. The place of birth for the mother on this death certificate says “Maine.” It should be “Maryland.” The family never lived in Maine and had no connection to that state.

It is also possible that someone, in taking notes to complete the certificate, wrote “Md” in such a sloppy fashion that someone else later read it as “Me.”

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4 thoughts on “Maine, Maryland, What’s the Real Difference?

  1. Patty

    That’s something I’ve been trying to figure out on some places that have the same city/town name in several states. I know they have been to those states.

  2. Diana Ware

    Who ever filled the form out may have mixed up the abbreviations for the state. That is why it is better to write the name of the state completely.

  3. Kat

    Abbreviations used in older census records are different than the official Post Office state abbreviations! Unfortunately, those who transcribed the locations for census records don’t realize that! A person who lived his whole live in Mississippi, did not live in Michigan!

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Very true. That’s why I wish that some indexing firms had simply stuck with typing the words on the page instead of using drop down menus to make things standardized.


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