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1880 Census on familysearch.org is a GIFT!

Diona,

The LDS Genealogy entity, including the website, Main center at Salt Lake City, Utah and all of the regional centers throughout the United States and beyond is an amazing gift and contribution to researchers everywhere! Afrigeneas.com, genealogical and historical societies the world over recognize this. I must take you to task.

: 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.
This remains correct.

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).
They did not ELIMINATE the two fields I caution you on your language/choice of words. You suggest that they willfully removed data fields that have an impact on people of color researchers. This is an insult to the LDS.

: 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.
No, you are being lazy. You still need to do the "leg work" and run to the paper census if you are going to call yourself a researcher, historian, or genealogist. Everyone knows that electronic transcriptions are fraught with new errors.

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".
Have faith, some good things are free! And no one made a decision to get rid of any such thing.

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,
This is simply mean spirited and wrong! You really need to read up on the LDS, their church, their views on family, and their mission statement with regards to genealogy.

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?
Already answered http://www.familysearch.org is in fine shape.

Afrigeneas.com is respectful and appreciative of all websites
dedicated to helping people find their Ancestors.

Peace
"Guided by the Ancestors"


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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