1) As part of our partnership with FamilySearch to improve the U.S. Federal Census collection on both sites, we’ll be performing maintenance to fix many known issues with the current collection, like misspelled place names, missing counties, and missing or blurry images, among other things. As a consumer of this historical data, I’m anxious to see the improved versions of these invaluable databases published.
2) All images for the Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 database had to be taken down temporarily for some unforeseen maintenance, but will be back up soon. An alert has been posted on the database home page, “Images for this database have been temporarily disabled.”
3) The recent release of naturalizations as one database has been split into two databases, U.S. Naturalization Records – Original Documents, 1795-1972 and U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995.
4) A microfilm roll-based browse was added to the New Jersey State Census, 1895 database to allow users to browse each roll of film from start to end, beginning at the first frame of the physical roll and ending at the last frame. All images, regardless of whether any names or data were keyed, are accessible via the Browse Images Sequentially link in the browse table on the database home page. I’m interested to know whether or not you think such a roll browse would be helpful in other databases.
5) The image viewer search box for the U.S. School Yearbooks database isn’t working quite the way we want it to. We are planning to adjust it to search only within the book currently being viewed. If you like the functionality as it is now, please let me know so I can consider your input before the change is made.
Finally, I want to assure you that I’m aware of maintenance needs with other U.S. content collections not mentioned here. Please feel free to contact me to discuss maintenance needs with U.S. content on Ancestry.com.
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