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Completeness of indexes

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Completeness of indexes

Posted: 27 Jul 2013 7:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm still new at this (started a few months ago)and I'm wondering about indexes. I've had a couple of microfilms sent to a local FHL and so far haven't found what I was hoping to find. I realize that's natural to often not find anything, but I'm wondering how complete an index is compared to the original records. If, for example, I look at birth records for a city in Indiana and don't find my ancestor should I assume he wasn't born in that city or go to the city and search original records (after calling ahead). How do others determine this?
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
veggiemuffin 28 Jul 2013 1:12AM GMT 
neilaxkestrel 28 Jul 2013 4:44AM GMT 
veggiemuffin 28 Jul 2013 12:40PM GMT 
neilaxkestrel 28 Jul 2013 3:29PM GMT 
veggiemuffin 28 Jul 2013 4:22PM GMT 
LHSwisher 12 Aug 2013 5:17AM GMT 
LHSwisher 12 Aug 2013 5:44AM GMT 
carmaskid 13 Aug 2013 5:16AM GMT 
LHSwisher 12 Aug 2013 5:32AM GMT 
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