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  1. Single PDF download of records with multiple images

    It would be really useful to be able to download records with multiple pages (eg Wills) as a single PDF. Scotland's People recently introduced this for Wills and it is very helpful

    29 votes
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      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Include Census Source details on Household Transcription printouts.

      I personally maintain a separate folder for each individual on my family tree records and I find the lack of source details on the household transcriptions means I do twice as much printing and searching.

      Previously I'd just locate the requisite household and print whatever number of copies I wanted, one per individual, now I have to search for each person in order to print what is essentially the same information.

      Alternatively if technically feasible make it possible to click on a name in the Household Members section to alter the information displayed in the Individual Transcriptions section to save…

      32 votes
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        under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Show number of hits in each category on initial search results page

        It would be very useful to have a summary of hits on the initial results page - something like the Collections view on Family Search or Categories view on Ancestry

        18 votes
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          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Search across all census with birthplace

          Objective: Modify the form that searches across all UK censuses (currently labelled as "Census in Census, land & surveys") to allow selection of people by birth-place and/or birth-town and/or birth-county.

          Reason: Any powerful search engine should allow searching for a single person across multiple censuses. Currently the person can be identified by name and year of birth but not by birth-place. This is not sufficient to come close to identifying a manageable list of candidates - the birth-place needs to be added to the selection criteria.

          Issues to be decided later:
          1. What to do about the 1841 census if…

          217 votes
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            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve filtering and navigation of the A-Z of Record Sets

            Currently this only allows filtering by a broad Geographical area, viz
            United States
            United Kingdom
            Australia & New Zealand
            Ireland
            World
            It would be helpful if there were sub-levels on this filter, so that e.g.

            United Kingdom --> UK Countries --> Counties
            World (maybe renamed 'Rest of the World) --> Individual Countries
            etc.

            A second set of filters, again with 2 levels, should allow selection of
            Category (e.g.Census, Land & Surveys) --> sub-category (e.g.Census)

            Finally a filter on Date Range. The design of this is more fiddly, and may be best met by tick boxes, so that the user may…

            60 votes
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              started  ·  2 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Default the date search to ascending NOT descending

              Any chance of a vote on the default for the sort sequences when selected? I would have thought in particular that the default for sorting years would be ascending not descending. This would save workload on the servers if most people are using the ascending search. Thanks

              23 votes
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                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Find baptisms by parents' names across multiple record sets

                Objective: It should be possible to search for baptisms across multiple record sets at once while specifying parents' names.

                Current state: When searching for baptisms, the only screens that accept mother's and father's first names as search parameters, are the screened dedicated to single, specific record sets.

                The screen "Births & Baptisms in Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records", which searches across all relevant record sets, does not allow the user to specify parents' first names.

                Reason: Frequent searches include - searching for baptism of a named person where the father is known; searching for other children baptised to a…

                7 votes
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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • An option to order certificates at the bottom of Transcript page

                  At the moment, the only way to order a certificate is to go to the 'help' section and type in 'certificates'. It would be very useful and quicker for an option at the foot of the page to go directly to the ordering page along with prices.

                  5 votes
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                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Purchasing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • My Records. Can a search be provided so that past searches can be searched by name.

                    My Records. I have 400 pages of past searches. Can you create a search facility so searches can be done by name rather than when first or last viewed. It would make it easier to decide which searches to keep or which to delete as it is impossible to know when a certain search may have been undertaken

                    84 votes
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                      under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Specification of birthplace on census forms is not currently viable

                      Objective: Modify the mechanism used to specify birth town, birth county, birth place (other) on census forms to select by textual comparison, including but not necessarily limited to, wild-cards, etc.

                      Scope: Currently birth town, birth county, birth place (other) can only be specified on "yyyy England, Wales & Scotland Census" forms, i.e. the forms dedicated to a specific census year. The scope needs to cover these plus any more forms used to select this data.

                      Reason:
                      1. See http://feedback.findmypast.co.uk/forums/222583-ideas-and-improvements/suggestions/5648469-allow-searching-using-birthplace-and-current-locat

                      2. The birth data on the original censuses is textually chaotic and the current selection mechanism (manually by individual value) is…

                      125 votes
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                        started  ·  4 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Automatic Updates of Individual Records

                        It is so tiresome, after researching and finding data on an individual, to have to manually update each record. Surely in this digital age, automatic updating must surely be possible.

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                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Transcripts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow printing and downloading of individual newspaper articles

                          It is great that we can now print and download from the British Newspaper Archive, but it is still not very usable, as there is no way to print and download the actual article, and the whole page is usually far too big to read. Please could you take a look at other newspaper sites (e.g.http://trove.nla.gov.au) and see how they do it? Thanks.

                          69 votes
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                            planned  ·  2 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Non-conformist records - name that Chapel!

                            Nice to see the Non-conformist registers coming online... HOWEVER, you have omitted to name the chapel on the transcriptions AND on the image. So to find out exactly which chapel we have to go to the NA site to look up the reference. Not exactly useful to genealogists. Please name the chapel and make them browseable. The other two websites that have this data manage to name the chapel and at least one has the data browseable as well. So why is FMP behind the competition??

                            95 votes
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                              started  ·  2 comments  ·  Record Sets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Optional search keywords could be subordinate to main search

                              Optional keywords are of equal importance to name/main search
                              so search on "james wood" + "butcher" gives lots of entries in (say) newspapers of "butcher" where "james wood" not in article. Shoul dbe able to mark entry as a restrictor not as a main search keyword. A minus sign will not do as this should be NOT this keyword, maybe a @ or tilde sign.

                              22 votes
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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow searching between date ranges, rather than year variance

                                Allow people to choose a start and end date to search between, rather than having to select a year range. Date ranges allow for more precise, and custom date ranges.

                                I used to be able to search for someone's death (on your old system) by entering their year of birth (in appropriate fields) then searching between the last time I saw them on a census year plus 100 years from the year of their birth to get a good search span. I can't do this now.

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                                  launching soon  ·  47 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Newspaper search

                                  When searching newspaper records use of an additional keyword with a name should be a Boolean AND not OR otherwise you cannot narrow a search down,

                                  51 votes
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                                    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    • Allow searching against just parish records

                                      Parish records are now grouped in with other, non-parish records. One of the key elements of findmypast was it's extensive collection of parish records, which are now hidden away. Separate them out, and allow them to be searched as their own category.

                                      925 votes
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                                      • Ability to move notes box when attaching a record to a tree

                                        When you attach a record to your tree a box appears to allow you to specify whom to attach it to, and to add notes. Unfortunately, the box is large and obscures most of the records so it's very difficult to extract the information to type it into the notes, or even to remember all of the people that it might be relevant to attach it to. Would be better if the box could be moved to the top or side of the screen so easier to view the record behind it. Thank you.

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                                          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • OCR corrections to Newspapers

                                          I have spent a lot of time and effort correcting the OCR on your sister site British Newspaper Archive but now when I search on FMP I get the old, un-corrected version on the snapshots on the results page. Why can't you use the same corrrected OCR's? Also an ability to correct the OCR from the FMP platform, as after all you are the same company.

                                          12 votes
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