David Fox's posting on the update to the Ancestry SSDI database
brought to mind another change I noticed with this update. The
newest version of the SSDI on Ancestry (after being updated to
March 2000) no longer has any required fields, including the surname.
This means that you can now search by any combination of information
you have. For example, if you are looking for a woman whose married
name you don't have, but you do have her first name and birthdate,
you can search by those fields.
Give it a try -- it works. Previously, this advanced search
capability was only available through subscription search services.
Now it appears to be available to everyone. I hope that Ancestry
keeps it that way -- its a great help.
Los Angeles, CA