- All the older indexes were compiled by humans, mistakes happen.
- There are approximately 60-80,000 errors in the online index.
- Some pages missed/skipped the scanning process.
- If you find the name on the fiche but not on the online index, let them know firstname.lastname@example.org
- Names on the fiche may be missing from the online index because the newest index has the newest instances of the records, adoptions, re-names etc will be missing but will still be listed on the fiche.
- There were two sets of the original registers, one was sent to the central register and this was cut up and scanned for the online index, the other is held at Archives NZ.
- You may request permission to see the original registers at Archives from the Register General but this is very unlikely to be approved.
- Advise is to use all the tools in your toolbox to find the records, not just the online historical bdms.
- The records were never crossed checked between the birth, marriage or death of a person and spelling changes won't be picked up.
- Ringing / asking internal affairs to find a record you can't find online won't be of any use, they use the same system we do.
- The good news - they may be adding a 'fuzzy search' facility in the future. I can't wait!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Background to remember when searching the historical index online. It's all about the names.