I lamented the loss of the "old" United States Public Records Index (US PRI) yesterday in my post here. This "old" US PRI had records from about 2000 to the present time, and was useful in finding the address and phone number of living people.
In their Ancestry.com blog post last week, Ancestry.com stated that the "New" United States Public Records Index would provide records from 1950 into the early 1990's.
Here is my first look at the "new" US Public Records Index. The Search box for the specific database looks like:
I input my own name (given name = rand*, surname = seaver) in the search box and clicked on Search. The list of matches appeared:
There were 18 matches, including myself. If I run the mouse over my name, the popup box shows some information. I clicked on my name and the detail information summary appeared:
It lists my birth month and year, my address in 1993 and a former address (it says 1972). I was curious about the database details, so I clicked on the "Learn more..." link in the Description box. This page appeared:
"About U.S. Public Records Index
"The U.S. Public Records Index is a compilation of various public records spanning all 50 states in the United States from 1935 to 1993. Entries in this index may contain the following information: name, street or mailing address, telephone number, birth date or birth year. For more information about this database, click here.
"The U.S. Public Records Index is a compilation of various public records spanning all 50 states in the United States from 1935 to 1993. These records are all accessible to the general public by contacting the appropriate agency.
"What types of public records have been utilized to create the U.S. Public Records Index?
Directory assistance records
Postal change-of-address forms
Public record filings
Historical residential records
"Please note the following important details about the U.S. Public Records Index:
Because of the historical nature of this index, individuals may be listed in households with prior co-habitants, spouses, etc."
What I noticed while browsing through this database is that: