Amendments to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Introduction to a dataset
24 out of 52 ODNB articles where I suggested changes have now (Jan 2015) been amended in line with my suggestions, though in many cases only some of my suggestions have been adopted. Most of these articles have credited my website in the sources (John Flaxman and Thomas Smith of Derby not). In Sept 2015 only two more of my suggestions have been adopted and credited (John Gawler and Samuel Simmons), and in Jan 2016 no more were adopted. Many of my suggestions were very slight, but in several cases they involved substantial errors of fact (Charles Dibdin, Eliza Fenwick, Thomas Gaugain, Francis Jukes, Henry Robert Morland, Willey Reveley). The ODNB is now updating its website which means there will be a "datafreeze" so I don't expect any more adoptions in September 2016. Since Jan 2015 I've sent thirteen more suggested amendments to DNB (Joseph Adams, Jan Dussek, Daniel Eaton, Timothy Essex, William Fox, John Frost, Edward Hughes, John Landseer, Thomas Landseer, Thomas Macklin, Samuel Simmons, Henry Southern, Charles Tomkins). All my suggested changes (apart from John Raphael Smith and his father Thomas Smith of Derby, see Background Article 3 Wives, 3 Husbands Living) are now under their names in the Amendments to Oxford DNB dataset in A-Z of Names & Addresses on this website..