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Subject: [ALL] Ancestry/Genealogy.com census, newspapers, etc.
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 12:25:40 EDT
Ancestry has indeed always had the 1900 census IMAGES, though they're not one
of the years INDEXED. Genealogy.com has 1900 with both IMAGES and INDEX.
The same is true of 1910.
I've recently subscribed to the Ancestry "historic newspaper" option as well.
No, the indexing is not perfect. And, the issue years available for the
papers offered are not plentiful. Having said that, though, I still think it's a
worthwhile option, provided you're working on several families in the area
served by the paper offered for the timeframes specified. And, as a caveat, not
everyone "got their name in the paper" in the mid 1800s (I've been working
with the Cumberland MD Alleganian scans--3 different 2-yr runs from the 1840s,
50s, and 60s). You'd either died (and someone paid for a death notice or
obit), were either having you estate settled or were settling someone else's
estate, had a stray cow wander onto your farm or were mentioned as assessing the
value of said cow, were a legal official, a voter registered in a particular
district whose list was published, had a business with an ad in the paper.....that
kind of thing. Remember, a great many marriages and deaths, property
transfers, and the like were NOT published in the papers of that period.
Incidentally, the above-mentioned cow assessors were my first two "hits" for the
Cumberland Alleganian in 1846. They were a father/son pair in one of my lines, and
the neighbor complaining of the stray cow lived 5 farms away. Nothing
earth-shattering, but still a nice little snapshot, plus the notice mentioned the
location of the farm in relation to Cumberland.
The scans are pretty clean, and magnify quite well.
David in Richmond
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