Ok, we thought Ancestry.com’s search engines were improved last week, but several bloggers have pointed out there are entire scanned image record groups at Ancestry.com that are not indexed, so you’d never find them when doing an Ancestry.com global search for your ancestor by name. See especially:
Our friend Randy Seaver’s Unindexed databases at Ancestry.com with thanks to his reader Debbie Duay. Getting to the unindexed databases took a little doing, and Randy is pretty internet savvy.
Prolific genea-blogger Chris Dunham comment in reply with a link to a Google Site Search, attempting to pull up the titles of additional databases without indexes. Chris & Google found several that will help Ol' Myrt with personal research challenges:
- Hamburg Passenger Lists, Handwritten Indexes, 1855-1934 - Ancestry.com
- Returns from Regular Army Regiments, 1821-1916 - Ancestry.com
IS THERE A PLACE FOR SCANNED IMAGES ONLY?
- Certainly the scanning of microfilm or paper format record groups will go a lot faster than indexing.
- Wouldn’t you want to have access to images before they are indexed?
- Aren’t people happy to use the http://pilot.FamilySearch.org images before they go through the FamilySearchIndexing process? Yes.
REQUEST OF ANCESTRY.COM
It would be wonderful to spotlight this marvelous collection of unindexed scanned images? You've got some real gems there that people should know about.
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