I’ve been hearing from customers who are concerned that U.S. content releases are slowing down. While I have responded in various forums to these concerns, I’d like to post a more official response here.
The concern stems, I believe, from the format of the Genealogy Databases Posted or Updated Recently list on Ancestry.com. This list can be a bit confusing in that it displays all new releases regardless of country and size. Also, notice the launch dates on the right side of the list. For several months we’ve been releasing multiple books, mostly Canadian, each day. On the new releases list these stack up and visually overwhelm other, much larger databases. The number of U.S. records released thus far in 2009 is actually almost double the number released in 2008 for the same period.
To see a list of only new or updated U.S. collections, use the new card catalog feature, filter by country and sort by date released. Here’s a link straight to the list: New or Updated U.S. Collections.
Finally, this is shaping up to be a banner year for U.S. content, with many valuable new or updated collections in the works, including improved U.S. census images and indexes, state vital records, passenger lists, military records, city directories, state censuses, naturalization records, and maybe even a few nice surprises.