08 December 2015

Ancestry's Rhode Island Probate Records SCREW UP

Ancestry failed in two areas real miserably.

Every body who had probate file filed in Providence County, listed has having died in ARIZONA. See for yourself. And I checked on other counties where my lines were in. SAME STORY.

Thanks to Randy Seaver for this alert.

There's more!!!

Ancestry goofed on another part - all records listed by county instead of the TOWN level. You have to see the fine print of breadcrumb at the very bottom below the index information

Source Citation

Town Meeting Records; Author: Burrillville (Rhode Island). Town Clerk; Probate Place: Providence, Rhode Island
Source Information

Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

(SEE that crazy date!)

Original data: Rhode Island, District and Probate Courts.

(Completely wrong!, the records are filed at TOWN level. There is NO District level.)

I know because I've been through those records before Ancestry ever put them online.

Even with that, Ancestry still managed to make it difficult to navigate to find correct probate records. I counted at least 3 levels to get to the point where you have to check each entry to find correct person.