I agree with what you say.
I often think that -at the moment- Ancestry is going for quantity not quality.
Quite possibly we the consumers are to blame, always searching for more and
varied information. One can be hopeful that there will come a point where they
will pause and make corrections to what they have already made accessible.
Although DNA matching has been beneficial to descendants of one branch of my
family tree, I wonder if what we now have available in that spectrum will be
seen to be pathetically inadequate in the not-too-distant future. Just think
how far the mechanism of the personal computer has developed in the last only 25
years, that allows this field of genealogy for the masses to expand at all. Less
than 10 years ago, Ancestry's early offerings took forever to download,
everything has become so streamlined now by comparison.
So I am hoping that with patience and feedback they will continue to improve.
From: Brian P. Swann <bps(a)norvic8.force9.co.uk>
To: Diana Trenchard <diana(a)trenchar.demon.co.uk>; dyfed(a)rootsweb.com
Sent: Wed, March 21, 2012 6:53:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] The Written Word.
I still think we are in a transition in family history.
This is the communication revolution really starting to exert its power.
The Americans and other former British colonies will now soon have access to
many of the key building blocks we use to do family history over here.
I believe Debbie Kennett's new book - DNA and Social Networking - captures
the essence of this change.
The questions are how critical will these Groups be of the online
information provided, and how good is that online information anyway.
Some people who have had to deal with Ancestry in the past are very
jaundiced - and believe they will never listen effectively to criticism.
But I am at least going to have a go talking to their International Commerce
& Business Development Director in the UK - when she gets back from
in the USA talking about the $12+ million they have invested in
DNA testing in 2011/2.
But the quality of the work they have done on the London and Middlesex
parish registers is atrocious. Within the next 6 weeks I intend to find out
what the London Metropolitan Archives really think of their relationship
with them - in some ways I think they must be secretly embarrassed - but are
they actively involved in any follow-up change process, or have they washed
their hands of it?
And it may need pressure from the American end to get Ancestry to change -
and not from here. The Americans are a far bigger market for them.