We the Living

I often tell people using Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) that a search for a living person is unlikely to be as successful as a search for an obviously deceased person. I decided to put this theory to the test by doing this Basic Search:

Last Name: Pearson (Exact)
Birth Year: 1960 (Exact) [13,809 hits]

Pearsons born in 1960 are 59 years old in 2019 (if still living). Now contrast the above search with the following search:

Last Name: Pearson (Exact)
Birth Year: 1900 (Exact) [19.685 hits]

We receive quite a few more hits, in this case for persons who are all obviously deceased. Note the decreasing numbers of hits for Pearsons with the following birth years:

Birth Year: 1965 (Exact) [12,216 hits]
Birth Year: 1970 (Exact) [11,520 hits]
Birth Year: 1975 (Exact) [7,880 hits]
Birth Year: 1980 (Exact) [6,926 hits]
Birth Year: 1985 (Exact) [4,721 hits]
Birth Year: 1990 (Exact) [2,773 hits]

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