Subscription site Ancestry.com has released an improved version of its 1920 US census collection, with clearer images and a re-keyed index.
The enhanced digital images were taken from microfilm master copies of the original census records. The new index contains 250,000 new names, as well as differences in existing names due to the arbitrated indexing process (two different people would index the records, with a third expert to resolve any differences in the two versions).
The new index also incorporates the new index incorporates about 20 million Ancestry.com user suggestions from for alternate names and corrections.
When I saw the news, I hopped online to look for my Haddad ancestors, who’ve eluded me in the 1920 census. Alas, I didn’t find them, but you can bet I’ll try more searches later.
For help searching census records, see the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine print edition (which comes with a Census Research Toolkit CD), our Census Secrets CD and/or our Online Census Secrets webinar recording.