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Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 5 Feb 2013 11:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Apr 2013 6:52AM GMT
Does anyone know when deaths in Victoria after 1920 for people whose surnames begin with with "L" and "M" will be added to Ancestry's database? Surnames beginning with all of the other letters of the alphabet are indexed.

Debra

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 4 Apr 2013 3:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm relieved that someone else has encountered this problem.

The Australia Death Index 'About' information page suggests it is supposed to be complete. The index is not included in the list of World Archive Project that are in progress.

I used the 'Get Help' function to ask whether there is a whole body of data yet to be indexed. As an example, I pointed out that no deaths were recorded in Victoria from 1940 to 1960 for common surnames such as Lawson, Lewis, Martin, Mitchell, Miller and McDonald. In response I received a generic email with links to "helpful articles that explain how you can search for your ancestors using alternate spelling" and how to report transcription errors.

It appears that a big chunk of data has been overlooked. Like me, you will probably have to use alternative research methods such as Trove or Cemetery Records.

It would be great if anyone else could shed some light as this is a very frustrating issue.

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 11 Apr 2013 11:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't know what area you are from but in my area there is a specialist geneologist at our local library who can be accessed to help with specific questions and will also have access to info for you. I have found her very helpful in my research.

Good luck

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 5:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
It's a good suggestion and I will inquire next time I'm there. Trouble is, I'm a Victorian but currently living in regional NSW. Most of the deaths I'm trying to verify were in Victoria. :(

If I have no luck I'll hit the State Library next time I'm in Melbourne.

Regretably, the responses to my 'Get Help' request were underwhelming (to say the least). I don't think the help-desk people actually understood the issue.

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 6:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Apr 2013 6:45AM GMT
Darren, the Vic indexes are on CD and fiche, and you will find them at most libraries and family history societies around the country. You can also search online through the registry's website for a small fee.

I agree that when questions are asked of Ancestry's help desk it is blindingly obvious that they neither read nor understand the question and simply send their standard answers. A perfect example of this is that I was initially told that the missing entries were because of Australia's privacy laws (a standard answer). I know of no privacy laws which restrict information only for people with certain surnames!!

Debra

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 4:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Darren, get help not that helpful. been there done that. i cancelled payment because i felt it was not good at times. how do u find Ancestry if i put victoria in i the whole of australia
look forward to your comments

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 7:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
A phone call is much more effective than help requests,never left hanging with this approach.

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 12:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Broadening search parameters (for example, selecting "Australia" rather than "Victoria, Australia") still returns the same results except they're mixed in with the records of every other state.

I provided specific names where there is clearly decades of missing data:

• Lawson 1590 records; only 5 after 1930
• Lewis 5280 records; only 9 after 1930
• Martin 9382 records; only 7 after 1930
• McDonald 10959 records; only 8 after 1930
• Mitchell 6448 records; only 12 after 1930
• Miller 7036 records; only 3 between 1930 and 1980

The generic response about privacy issues doesn't cut it because you can search for surnames starting with any other letter of the alphabet and there's no problem.

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 12:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
I didn't realise there was a telephone number for this type of query however I went looking and found it! Thank you for stating the bleeding obvious which - in this case - was an excellent suggestion.

I'll call them and see if the level of assistance is more substantive.

:)

Re: Ancestry Death Indexes

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 12:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Debra,

Resources at our library are limited. There's some Victorian fiche but it's not much more coverage than this site. Certainly worth some further investigation when the kids go back to school and peaceful genealogy time is restored.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Darren
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