Researching your family history

The advantages and disadvantages of indexes

Today I was double checking my entry in my Ancestry Public Member Tree for Edward Whimpey, and noticed that I still hadn’t added a source to the burial information I had for him. Before the images of the Somerset parish registers became available on Ancestry, I had been using the indexes on the FreeReg website,… Continue reading The advantages and disadvantages of indexes

Researching your family history

Using multiple sources to confirm information

I was recently researching my great grandmother, Henrietta Louisa Russell’s brother, Edward Fitzgerald Russell.  I had a copy of his death certificate, which showed that he died at 62 Stirling Street Footscray, and the death certificate listed this as his residence. Then I came across an entry in the Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records,… Continue reading Using multiple sources to confirm information

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The limitations of OCR

In working in the Australia Electoral rolls collection on Ancestry, I have come across numerous examples of instances when the OCR has not done a very good job.  Some names come out as gobblygook, while other names are missed completely. The following is a list of the years available on Ancestry for Victoria.  Those marked… Continue reading The limitations of OCR

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How I use suggested records on Ancestry

Michael John Neill wrote on his Rootdig blog the post A Suggestion About Suggested Records at Ancestry.com. He wrote about the difficulty in navigating through the suggested records, since there is not enough detail to know which ones you have looked at. I also have come across an added difficulty. If you go into one… Continue reading How I use suggested records on Ancestry

Organising your research · Researching your family history

My Genealogy Do-over

A while ago, I wrote some posts about Getting organized with Microsoft Access, Getting Organised with Microsoft Access an Update, and Getting organized for my genealogy do-over.  Three months later, I haven’t made much progress. In my previous attempt, I had just been working with the image files, but I knew I had some information… Continue reading My Genealogy Do-over