Ancestry database citing FamilySearch

I am going through some old citations in my genealogy software to correct them and I came across about 50 citations from Ancestry's  England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 database. Ancestry is citing the FamilySearch database under the same name. However, when I go to Familysearch very few of the names can actually be found. I ran a general search with the same names, and the baptismal records aren't found in any other database that I could find.

So now I am not only left wondering where Ancestry got the information, but what the value of that information is and if its still worth citing (and how would I if I did). Any thoughts?

Submitted byEEon Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:23

Eventide, EE would definitely keep that old data identifying Ancestry's source until we could provide a better source. It's our starting point to identify the material. Without it, we have nothing.

Submitted byEventideon Sat, 05/23/2020 - 00:50

I've starting looking at each entry to see if I can find them at FamilySearch. I have found one. And then I noticed that there is prompt to "browse the film". It appears there several volumes which are not indexed. And I am unsure how to cite this but I suspect that I need to cite the original, the microfilm and the online image - but I am completely lost. I've been looking at this for hours and I'm just going in circles.



Ann Johnson

For reference.

This is what I have: St. Jame's Church (Paddington, Middlesex), "Register of Baptisms in the Parish of Paddington in the county of Middlesex," p.255, Ann Johnson baptism (1833); imaged as St. James Paddington County of Middlesex Parish Registers Baptisms 1826-1836, P87/JS7, FHL microfilm 00579297; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 May 2020)

Since I am citing the images - do I still cite the original record collection?