If you go to the FamilySearch Product Support page and ask a question such as "What is Ancestral File?" all you will get in the first fifty responses is Personal Ancestral File answers. Nor is there anything about Ancestral File on the Product Support navigaton bar. Since Product Support does not offer information about Ancestral File, the Research Wiki should be allowed to expand its coverage and do a better job of explaining the use of this important product. Diltsgd 16:01, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
It would be extremely useful to genealogical "newbies" to discuss in brief the evolution and timeline of the Ancestral File. When was it first deployed for use in the Family History Centers? When was it first published on CD-ROM? Which versions were made available when? What happened when the match/merge program was run in 1994 (bedlam, if I recall correctly)? First Internet deployment was May 1999 (and do I remember that day well! we crashed the site from our excitement to have it for home use!). When was the file officially closed? And, most significant for present proliferation of AF data throughout the genealogical community, when was it first possible to download a GEDCOM from AF? Genehisthome 22:13, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
It would also be very useful to newbies to know that the information in Ancestral File cannot be relied on to be accurate as it has been supplied by individuals with varying degrees of expertise in family history. As it is now closed, even if the original submitter discovers errors in the information, there appears to be no way of correcting these.
I really don't like the new way to search records. I can't find a thing. -- Brendacelmer 03:36, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Who was the submitter?
I'm so glad that Ancestral File is on-line. I just can't seem to find the information that indicates who the submitter was for the particular Ancestral File records. What do I need to do to find that? -- Dnoellee 11:16, 11 February 2011 (UTC)
How to find out who submitted the information
How do I find out who submitted the information and how do I contact them? -- Zeeda3 15:47, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
Accessing Ancestral File
I wanted to be able to see the ancestral file referenced, and the 'see more' did not do this.
I am not certain what you are referring to? Also, you have not left a name or other way to contact you. Please supply more information about your question.
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December 2011 Rewrite
Here's Robert K's proposed outline:
Content to include:
- What is AF
- Where did it come from, it's history
- What type of data is found in it
- How do use the data
- Tips and tricks for searching it
- Links to manuals, courses, or anything else we have (that is not on the old site)
- FAQ's about the data (see the ones on the pages below)
- - How do I contact a submitter
- Make sure we represent all the meaningful content reflected on the following page so that it can be retired https://www.familysearch.org/ancestral-file
Resources to assist the rewrite:
- Encyclopedia of Genealogy
- How to submit new info or correct
- Unable to locate an individual I know is in the AF
- Ancestral File Number
- Cautions when using AF, IGI, and PRF
(Reminder to self: sign with four tilde's)
Robert 9 December 2011 ...ongoing