Friday, July 10, 2009

Ancestry.com makes "Improvements to All U.S. Federal Censuses"

1900 censusImage by David Clow - Maryland via Flickr

Ancestry.com just sent me an email that stated: "This year, in addition to releasing hundreds of new collections, we have launched an initiative to improve images for all 15 U.S. federal censuses that are publicly available (1790 through 1930) and indexes for seven (1850, 1860, 1870, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930) with additional fields and alternate names added. In the past six months we launched the first improvements for the 1880 and 1900 censuses. This month we've re-launched 1810.

When you review the collection, you'll notice cleaner, clearer images for every record. We highly recommend revisiting your ancestors in these collections, as you may find images that were too faded to read can now be seen clearly; images that were too dark are now legible; images that were slightly blurred are crystal clear; and names obscured by tape marks are now easy to decipher."

I am glad they are doing this work. Seems a little redundant, like they should have done a better job the first time around, but maybe technology has changed since then. I appreciate their efforts and commend their work.

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