As I was browsing the blogs this week, I found an article on the Ancestry Insider blog in response to a question regarding Ancestry’s posting of databases that aren’t complete. The Insider does a good job of explaining the reasons that this happens and it also brought up a couple things to keep in mind.
First, always be sure to check back periodically on databases that you have previously searched, but in which you have been unsuccessful in locating an ancestor. There may have been updates.Â While I do try to include major updates in the newsletter, I can’t always fit all of them. You can also keep tabs on recent updates by checking the Recently Added Databases page.Â I do include a link to that in every issue of the Ancestry Weekly Journal and here on the blog each week, just below the new databases.
Secondly, don’t forget to read the database descriptions that can be found just below the main search box on the database page, and click through when necessary to capture all the pertinent information. You may find the reason why you haven’t been able to locate that ancestor was there in the description all along.