Monday, September 15, 2014
WHEN TO CONDUCT MANUAL SEARCHES ON INDEXED RECORDS
SEARCHING INDEXED RECORDS
This summer I have spent a great deal of time indexing and arbitrating digitized records for FamilySearch.org. This experience has taught me that when we are searching indexed records we need to remember that the indexing was done by another individual. No matter how experienced and conscientious the indexer is there are still errors that are going to be made in interpreting the records.
If you are fairly certain that your ancestor is on a set of records for a certain location and time, you will need to search manually for the individual either line by line or page by page. This is true whether the records are census records, obituaries, land deeds or any other type of record that has been indexed. You may not only find your ancestor but other relatives as well.
Happy ancestor hunting.