It's good news for genealogists when one of the "big" genealogy entities listens. Members have described a big indexing problem with the 1850 Census Index. Today I opened this encouraging email from Matt Deighton at Ancestry:
"I just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that we have updated the 1850 United States Federal Census collection. We’ve been working to improve this database since some of the birth places were keyed incorrectly, for example, the 1850 abbreviation for Indiana was IA which then led to many Indiana birth locations to be entered as Iowa. These issues were brought to the attention of our customer service associates and have now been fixed. Other errors included images being in the wrong townships and were moved to the correct townships, 4 images out of order and a family number was incorrect.
Ancestry.com is constantly working on gathering new records and bettering our current records. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Tim Sullivan talk about how Content is King. He is passionate about new content because every new record could help someone break through a brick wall or help them better understand an ancestor. Making our current collections better is important to us. For example, we have recently updated our City Directories to include even more information and are still indexing information for the 1940 US Census to make it more complete.
We appreciate all the feedback from members, because it helps make Ancestry.com even more relevant and useful."
Thank-you Ancestry.com for listening to your members.
Happy family tree climbing!
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G+: +Pat Richley-Erickson
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