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step by step description - loss of indices
Posted by: Diana Gale Matthiesen (ID *****0513) Date: October 15, 2005 at 03:37:20
In Reply to: Re: a major step BACKWARDS!! by H R Worthington - TeamFTW of 11366

Please go to this page:

From the list of links, choose Records.

Note that under "Census Records" there's a list of states. Note that after the name of the state there's a number in parentheses. Note that for most states, that number is (1). The numbers indicate the number of databases for that state. Those numbers didn't use to be (1). They mostly used to be (6) or (7) or (8) or more. So what's missing?

Take the link to, for example, KY.,census-records,ky.html

Note that the only database listed is the Colonial America index. Basically, this is the Kentucky part of Broderbund CD#310, "Census Index: Colonial America, 1607-1789." So what else used to be there? The rest of the census years. In other words, the Kentucky part of...

CD#311 1790
CD#312 1800
CD#313 1810
CD#314 1820
CD#315 1830
CD#316 1840
CD#317 1850 and so on.

Each state link used to contain that state's part of the census index for the years available. The beauty of those indices was that not only could you search them with the search engine, you could browse the index page-by-page, as you still can for the Colonial indices.

Please click on the link to the Colonial Kentucky page

Then click on the link to "First Page of Book"

You can now browse the index which is, among other things, INVALUABLE for finding people whose names are badly misspelled -- as are the names of most of my German ancestors.

We used to be able to browse all the states in all the census years this way. Now, we can only browse the Colonial indices and, via another route, the 1850 indices. Go to this page,

Then link to one of the states. Let's use KY again...

Again, click the link that says, "First Page of Book":

As with the Colonial indices, you can now browse the 1850 KY index. As I said, we used to be able to browse the indices for all years and all states that were available at the time the census CD bundle was issued -- these are, or at least were, the indices contained on the CDs of the Broderbund Census Index CD Bundle. Thankfully, I own the CD bundle, but anyone who does not have the CD's has experienced a major loss in function at GenealogyLibrary. And, even though I have the CDs, it was a lot faster and easier to access the indices online than by constantly flipping CDs. What makes the loss so especially exasperating is that we can see no earthly reason to have taken this valuable tool away from us.


P.S. If you don't know the answer to someone's query, it's less annoying for you to not reply, at all, than to give an inappropriate answer. Or, better yet, say, "I don't know, but I'll find out for you."

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