Something a commenter said got me to thinking. She mentioned that if there were additional Slovak censuses we could track people better. True. There's always some sort of record in any given location or given time period that helps researchers and some you wish were much better (or even extant!). So how would you build your own genealogical utopia?
I would start with Latino names. That is having both father's and mother's surnames as part of your name. I would then add in patronymics such as the Dutch or Russians use. My name would be much more informational if given as Martin Pavlovich Hollick Pinkham de Clark.
- I would then add a touch of Sweden which started nation-wide vital records in 1750.
- I would add in Great Britain, specifically England and Scotland for all-person censuses that start in 1841.
- I would add in English parish records that start in 1520 but have them be written by Irish Catholic priests in Latin who included all women with their maiden names. They even put the maiden names of mothers of both bride and groom on each marriage record.
- There would be a local diarist on duty at all times, such as Master Tate (Somersworth, NH), Samuel Pepys (London), Samuel Sewall (Boston), etc.
- All military records would be based on the U.S. Civil War (Union records) at the National Archives.
- All handwriting would be standardized and easily read no matter what the time period.
- Everyone would have to leave some sort of probate record no matter how poor they were.
I'm sure there's more that could be added, but you get the idea.