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From: "Fredric Z. Saunders" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Including the Indexer's Rendition
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:53:21 -0600
You beat me to it, Linda. I was going to say basically the same thing, that
Ancestry is not the only game in town, and that with HQ you can access
census by the page number.
I'll just throw out another random thought. While as professionals, we may
use Ancestry more than HQ, what about your "average" client? Many of them
may not subscribe to Ancestry, (or they did for a time and no longer do) or
their only access to it may be through there local library **at the
library.** Many libraries allow **home access for free** to HQ through the
patron's library card number. For some clients, HQ may be their only access
to census if they want to check it.
I'm asking the following somewhat tongue in cheek, but somewhat serious.
For those that list how it is spelled in "the" index, do you only list how
Ancestry spells it, because that is what you used (ignoring that your client
may be checking it through HQ) or do you look up and list how HQ indexes it?
How about if the client tells you in the initial contact when you find out
what they have done, that they don't subscribe to Ancestry, but do have home
access to HQ?
The new FamilySearch also has many images to census, and it is also free,
making it also another alternative that may be used by a client that doesn't
subscribe to Ancestry. Do you also list how they index it? Or do you just
assume that "everyone" subscribes to Ancestry, and that is the only index
spelling that matters?
Or what about if you don't find a person in Ancestry's index, but you do
locate them in either HQ or FamilySearch (I've had both happen). Do you
just list the HQ or FS listing, or do you go locate the entry in Ancestry to
find how they (mis)-indexed it, and use that as your source, even though
you've looked at it on both or all three sites?
<snip>And on Heritage Quest, one can access via series/roll/page number,
is the quickest way of all. I'm fortunate to have home access via my
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