It can be confusing when small political jurisdictions with the same name are contained within the same larger jurisdiction.
That’s apparently what caused the confusion with the index entry for this 1940 death certificate from the State of Iowa that appears on FamilySearch in their “Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940.” George Sartorius died at Graham Hospital in Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa. That hospital was also apparently located in Lee County’s Keokuk Township.
And Lee County was not the only county with a Keokuk Township. Wapello County has one as well. That’s apparently how George Sartorius’ place of death in FamilySearch‘s “Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940” became located in Wapello County.
The error suggests that some of the data entry for this death certificate was automated. That does not really matter. The impact for the researcher is that:
- searches based upon place of death (when performed exactly) won’t locate this record
- importing the database entry directly into a database (without correcting it) will result in an error based upon the transcription
- reading the original record is always an excellent idea
Unless your research is in a state that has no two places with the same name and has never had them.