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From: "Catherine Prescott" <>
Subject: Re: Database Coverage Graphs
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 17:52:04 +0100
I strongly disagree.
One of the reasons for computerising the indexes is that there are lots of
searches possible with the computerised database that aren't possible with
the handwritten indexes, and the total database coverage graphs are central
to many of them.
For example, I am looking for someone named Edyth. Her name is
consistently spelled this way throughout her life. I know her date and
place of birth and married name, but not her maiden name. As soon as the
quarter covering her birth is up to 100% I'll do a search just on the
forename to see if there's just one person who fits, as I hope. The graphs
are essential for this.
And apart from anything else, the database coverage graphs must be good for
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Phillips" <>
Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 3:17 PM
Subject: Fw: Database Coverage Graphs
> Subject: Re: Database Coverage Graphs
> Hi All
> Since Dave has to update a lot of these graphs manually it may be
> considering discontinuing some of them. I would think that the saved
> facility, the best thing since sliced FreeBMD, alleviates the need to
> consider if a new search is worth while.
> Congratulations on the fast back to back updates, brilliant.
> Bob Phillips
> > Quoting "Dickinson, Brian" <>:
> > > Hello :)
> > > I am just wondering when the graphs which show the Total coverage for
> > > Marriages and Deaths, the last update was 14 Aug 00, and I use the
> graphs to
> > > determine whether it is likely that a particular search will be
> > > due to the coverage in the appropriate graph. Could you please update
> > > soon. The last update of 14th August was about a week after the main
> > > of files for that month, but the update you did in the middle of
> > > did not include the Database Coverage Graphs.
> > > I hope this can be rectified soon.
> > The database coverage graphs are updated manualy, as time permits, by me
> > following an update. because we have had 2 updates in quick succession,
> > updated graphs were produced for the mid-september update. The latest
> > completed at 03:30 today, and I haven't had chance to do the graphs yet.
> > --
> > Dave Mayall
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