Sometimes I get very frustrated with Ancestry.com, despite all the wonderful information I have gleaned from them this past year. This post as a bit of an airing of two main complaints; I shall try to be kind.
First: either my computer is infected by a huge virus (unlikely) or the Ancestry.com site is ridiculously slow and has been for months. When I have to wait 1-2 minutes for every single page to load (largely because of the adverts? I don’t know…I’m no expert), it seriously decreases the fun factor and I’ve been logging off the site in frustration more times than I care to count over the last few weeks. I have a limited amount of time during the day in which I can work on genealogy, and it’s frustrating to spend a large part of it waiting for a website (whose subscription I pay) to load.
Second: I can find my great-grandfather Gustav Hjalmar Eriksson’s immigration record on the Ellis Island website, but when I enter the exact same information into the immigration database on Ancestry.com, I get nothing. Even if I search by year, month, and day Ancestry.com tells me the ship, the SS Drottningholm wasn’t even there (though the manifest from Ellis Island clearly shows it was)! I may be forced to order a copy of the records from Ellis Island which charges $40 for a 11″ by 14″ copy of the ship’s manifest. Argh!
On the upside, I did discover my great-grandfather’s place of birth is Grythyttan, Hallefors, Sweden. Now, if I could only save a copy of the record…
Photo by Kjell Eson.