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On the Rootdig.com blog, in Citing What I Did Not Find, Michael John Neill just posted this: ""They [James and Elizabeth Rampley] are the only Rampley family in the 1850 census for Illinois, Missouri, or Iowa."
"How do I cite such a statement? Do I indicate the database I searched, when I searched it, and how my search was conducted?"
Unfortunately, Michael does not have a "Comment" link on his blog post for readers to offer suggestions. So here's my suggestion:
Write a blog post about your unsuccessful search - when did you search, what resources (online, offline) did you search, what search terms did you use, how do you know the results you received weren't fruitful, etc.
Having written a blog post, he can then cite the blog post in his article, in a research log, or in his genealogy software.
One benefit to readers would be to see how an expert genealogy researcher tries to find elusive ancestors.