Hi, my name is Chris Lydiksen and I’m the product manager responsible for US and Canada content. By way of introduction, I’ve been with the company for about four years, all of that time focused on content. I work closely with several of the professional genealogists on staff here at Ancestry.com. I’m a history buff and thoroughly enjoy the thrill of the hunt for my ancestors, as well as the excitement I feel when I find historical content that enriches my understanding of their lives and times.
With about 25,000 unique databases, roughly 150 million images and more than 5 billion names, I’m sure you can imagine the many “opportunities” we have to make mistakes! I’d like to investigate one of these here in this post that some of you more advanced users have probably noticed in the course of your research.
Specifically, I’d like to know where you have noticed images missing in comparison to what is found on the source microfilm. I’m referring to those situations where the images are just plain not there, you can’t get to them via search and can’t drill down to them in the browse (I’m not referring to situations where the image is blurry, black, incorrect or just doesn’t load – that’s for another discussion).
Would you find it helpful if, in addition to the browse already provided on Ancestry.com, you could browse through the images sequentially, just as if you were scrolling through the original reel of microfilm?
I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you find this type of discussion useful!