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1740 record in collection for PA Census, 1772-1890

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Re: 1740 record in collection for PA Census, 1772-1890

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 6:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Nov 2012 6:39AM GMT
According to's pop-up description of this database, it was uploaded in 1998 and has not been updated since then.

You have probably put your finger on the source of this purported "census" item -- a list of names from the published Philadelphia passenger lists' index together with year-dates. has a lot of such poorly compiled and barely described databases. Don't ask me about the purported Delaware marriages index that thankfully was removed a few years ago. In this case, all of the crucial data has been stripped away from the database (nature and title of the source, particulars as to date, embarkation and arrival points, ship name, etc.).

These approaches to source records are very confusing for all but very experienced researchers, and contribute to discouragement.

Recently stripped away actual document-type descriptions and component names from its extracts of the Sussex County, DE Calendar of Wills (a mistitled book in any case) -- which includes abstracts of a large variety of estate documents in addition to wills. So now those who run across these entries think that thousands of persons who died in DE before 1801 made wills, who did not leave wills. Those who take the next step and try to obtain copies of such documents from the DE Public Archives will encounter Archives staff who may by now be frustrated and peeved by inquiries insisting that the nonexistent document must be there somewhere because "Ancestry says so."
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RobinBMc 26 Nov 2012 7:13PM GMT 
frostfreedet 27 Nov 2012 1:36PM GMT 
RobinBMc 27 Nov 2012 2:02PM GMT 
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