When accessing a database that is found online, make sure that you know what is included in the database.

When looking at a database at Ancestry.com, one usually finds, along with the database, a description of what is included.

Recently, when searching for the death record of someone who died in Indiana, I read the description of the database, and discovered that the database would not have the information that I was requesting – I wanted the death record for someone who died in a county that was not included in the database.

Do not assume that, just because the database is labeled something like “Indiana Deaths, 1850-1940”, every county in Indiana is included in the database.