Originally Posted by Susan - s3js
Maggie, the index is supposed to be complete at Ancestry and it is free there for at least the next year. They wildcard searches will really help - especially the * in the middle! It was way cool to find my Momma and Daddy on there.
They misspelled my dad's family name - LOL! Found Mom's with no problem. I need to start transferring some of those census citations to Master Genealogist. I'm really really trying to document everything. I just had someone on Ancestry ask me about the birth date of one of my ancestors and I have no clue where I found it.
I know Susan knows this, but just because you find something in a family tree, don't take it at face value. I've gotten some really bad information in my tree that way and I'm still digging it all out. I want at best a primary source, or at least a secondary source such as census data. I have very common family names in my lineage - SANDERS is about as common as they come - add SMITH, HOLMES, WELLS, even SLAY is more common than I thought. At least on my grandmother's side, there are more uncommon family names but repeating first names - gah!