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Attn: Ancestry Staff - Database Update Notification

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Attn: Ancestry Staff - Database Update Notification

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 6:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Jan 2013 7:30AM GMT
In a recent blog article The Ancestry Insider listed some Ancestry databases that had been updated. He was provided this information by Matthew Deighton of Ancestry. I've listed each one below with my comment in brackets [].

My question is- why can these detailed updates be provided to an 'outsider' and yet not be provided to subscribers when Ancestry has been asked over and over again to provied just such information at the time of the updates? Does a blogger rank higher in Ancestry's opinion than a subscriber?

After all- it isn't that hard to add the update info to the database's search page- see attached!


1891 England Census – Update with some pages and over 30,000 records that had been missed. Fixed some spelling errors in place names that were causing parishes to be in the wrong counties. Also fixed similar spelling issues in birthplaces.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1891 England Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6598]

1861 England Census – Updated with some pages and several hundred records that had been missed, corrected spelling of some parishes, for instance East Mousley and West Mousley in Surrey to East Molesey and West Moulsey respectively.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1861 England Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8767]

California, Death Index, 1940-1997 – added over 1.5 million records. Removed SS numbers to be in compliance with most recent privacy policies.
[Nothing about this update appears on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180]

1920 US Census – fixed on location where pages were out of order on film, but we ordered them to be more readable online and fix some issues with family grouping that was a result of the out of order family members. Fixed some other back end issues with the relationship field to improve family groupings. This collection will be reviewed again in 2013 to see if any major updates need to be made.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1920 US Federal Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6061]

1900 US Census – addressed complaints reported by members, fixing about 2 dozen instances of spelling issues with place names or towns assigned to the wrong county, correcting place information for thousands of records. Adjusted about 3 places where the records were not linking to the image correctly and opened up additional fields like gender, marital status, years married, etc. for user contributed corrections to be made. No new records were added. This collection
will be reviewed again in 2013 to see what else might be done.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1920 US Federal Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7602]

1830 US Census – In Mar 2012 fixed about 6 locations where images and records on those images were assigned to the wrong town or county. One outstanding error that was missed is scheduled to be fixed Jan 24, 2013. [I received this message prior to the 24th. --AI] Fixed some misspellings in the names that were resulting in profane words.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1830 US Federal Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8058]

1800 US Census – added about 1,500 records that were from images that had been missed. Fixed 6 instances where records were listed under the incorrect location or county correction thousands of records. Included instances where 3 different townships were on an image but all records had been attributed to a single location.
[Nothing about this update appears on the 1800 US Federal Census search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7590]
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