AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
1880 Census on familysearch.org
About a month ago, I discovered that the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) (the Mormans) uploaded a very powerful, useful search engine for the 1880 Census. One could type in a surname or an ancestors full name and search on a number of attributes such as race, state,county, and even at the town/district level. This tool enabled me to locate many branches of my family and go a generation further which resolved many historical issues such family location and living situations. A couple of days ago, I discovered that they changed the format of this search engine. They eliminated two fields which I found vital to pinpointing the right family: race and relation (to the head of household). This action of truncating or streamling the 1880 Census search engine serves as a major hinderance in terms of mixed heritage genealogical research, especially when a researcher is relying on race and relation to narrow their search and save lots of "leg work" and time running to the "paper" census for her/his investigative work. Can anyone tell me why someone decided to get rid of these search fields of race, geography, and relation to head of household?? When I first discovered this free and powerful search engine/database, I thought, "this is too much of a good thing for it to be free". My thoughts were that LDS would offer this useful tool for free as a trial and then ultimately force people to pay for this incredible service on a subscription basis, but the worst case scenario has occurred by "streamlining" or truncating some of the data revealed through the most important census of all time. Does any anyone out there know the answer to my question? AND did anyone discover the same thing?
check it out for yourself: www.familysearch.org