RESEARCH: We can do it faster, but is
When I was at a training seminar for Family History Center workers years ago,
the LDS church had just started putting data on that new thing: CDs. We were a
bit worried about the long delay while switching from one CD to the next. The
instructor pointed out to us that the 45 second delay was nothing compared to
the census taker in the 1700s and 1800s going from one farm to the next by
horseback. He was gathering the data for us to extract in minutes. "He." That
was a man's job, not for ladies, eh?
Thanks for pointing out how technology has sped up genealogical research in
recent decades. It takes more than 45 seconds to retrieve a roll of microfilm
from the storage drawer and load it on the viewer. Now with online scanned
images and high-speed internet access, through many local LDS Family History
Centers with AncestryPlus, viewing the census page-by-page is greatly
We can definitely do it faster now, but is it
IT ISN'T BETTER IF we rely on census indexes which
do not include a double, blind data entry routine.
Many genealogical indexing projects are outsourced
to the far east, where English is not the native language. When errors on an
index have been well-documented, one database website in question has refused to
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR reading the census for
the entire township or county. You'd be surprised what other names you'll pick
up, and what you'll learn about the type of workers in the area, etc.
Got additional ideas readers?
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