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Re: An Alternative Way to Search for Ancestors

Great to see that some afrigeneas participants like the idea!
And thanks again to GJoseph for offering to do these searches.

But I would like to see the large genealogy database access providers, like ancestry.com, offer this kind of service. If enough users request the service, and if the database access providers are really serious about assisting African Americans in the search for our ancestors, then they will expand the search options they currently provide. (When I sent ancestry.com a suggestion along these lines a few weeks ago, I just got a generic 'we'll take it under advisement' sort of response.)

In fairness to ancestry.com, it is possible to do a search using just the first names (or combinations of first and last names) of an individual and her/his parent and spouse, at least for the 1880 census. That can help alot if the names are unusual - but when you're dealing with names like Mary, Thomas, and Sarah, the first names of just a person and the parents in a single household aren't enough.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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