1) On Finding Martin Carringer's Revolutionary War Rolls on Ancestry.com - Difficult! (posted 11 April 2013):
* Jennifer Leible asked: "So glad to come across your post and know I'm not the only one having a problem! So you said you finally found it on page 283/4. How did you finally come to those pages? I've been looking and looking through my document with no luck yet...please help elaborate on how you found it! Thanks!!"
My comment was: I used determination and knowledge gleaned before - I checked my Notes in my database, and found that Martin Carringer was a member of Colonel Carnahan's Company in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot in the Pennsylvania. I found (finally) the 8th Regiment on this microfilm stream.
That's it....prior information that I was lucky enough to be able to find before wasting three hours going page by page hoping i'd be able to recognize the name when it appeared on a page.
"Not so, if the citation was added to Source Box by clicking on the FS-HistoricalRecords extract-page citation. It can only be edited if one first makes a copy to add to the Source Box. The copy can then be edited to show such niceties as identity of the actual record (such as X County, Ohio, Probate Court Marriage Licenses Vol. XX p. yy).
"You noted that repository data was not transferred by RM6 into the source citation in FS-FT. FS-FT does not have a field for "Repository" and is not set up to establish a source hierarchy such as exists in full-feature home genealogy programs. For such things as each member of an 1880 US Census household, FS-FT wants you to have 8 separate citations derived from the index/extract page for each individual.
"On the other hand, there is no present plan to completely index complex documents, such as an application for estate administration that lists 20-odd heirs of different sorts. There is no 'tagging' system in FS-FT for a person's being "grandchild of" or "niece of".
"So the organization's stated intention to have all the uploaded documents attached to an indexed individual is quite limited in scope."
"1. You can save the record to your Shoebox. The link created for the record in the Shoebox is much shorter: http://www.ancestry.com/rd/viewrecord.aspx?dbname=&dbid=2101&rpid=2907628
"The two key pieces of data to get back to a record are the DBID or DBName and the pID (record ID) within that database.
"2. You can modify the longer URL from the record to its most basic parameters:
"In this case the "indiv" parameter indicates the record page. The other parameters store the search terms and other data to help keep the links to return to results, etc...
"It does not provide a long-term solution to user-friendly URLs directly available from the record page, but it is a workaround."
"But when they do implement the other algorithms, it's in addition to Soundex, and I sometimes have to scroll through thousands of names that aren't really phonetic matches for the surnames I'm searching for, and are only listed due to Soundex's limitations.
"It also bothers me that checking the phonetic box only means that it provides Ancestry the option to use these alternate algorithms if Ancestry has determined the algorithm is appropriate for a particular database. The researcher isn't allowed to determine if an algorithm is appropriate or not. If the algorithm is encoded into Ancestry's software it ought to be useable in any database at the discretion of the user."