I am looking for a different style of database that would allow me to execute an iterative search that instead of searching by name, it allows me to search primarily by birth date by area to get a list of people; specifically for pre-American Civil War in the PA & NY general areas is what I am most interested in.
My train of thought is something similar to the following:
- Date of Birth (similar to a US doctor's office) - Just Return # of Hits
- Region (Country->State) - Just Return # of Hits
- County / Area - Return Counts
- Further refine/filter using first name parts, gender, city.
The reason I am wanting this is I am looking for several needles in a field of hay stack that standard methods to date have not worked out so far. What I do have is definitive birth dates from tombstones but the names on the tomb stone I know may not or will not match but the first name likely will; such as through adoption, orphanage, migration, etc. Basically I am looking for some bread crumbs to start with to build on and hope I can get the going forward and going back ends to meet at some point.
While I realize this may sound huge task to manually search through, I know it is quite easily doable especially with the right interface. If I had the raw data I could do it myself.
Ancestry.com lets you search by exact date but its results even if locking down the filter are a lot of noise. FamilySearch lets you kind of narrow this down but only down by year (not by specific days) and I am questioning the completeness of the data based on the small number of results even on broad criteria.
Is there an alternative data source.method (as in a website, something available at a library, or even an API) that I can search specifically by birth date and other criteria above for a list of people born on that date?
Note: This is for information I have not yet collected, not information in my own personal database / GED file.