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  1. Everything is hidden

    The dozens and dozens of record sections seem to have been reduced to a small handful of remotely connected subject headings. It now seems so much more difficult to do a specific search and instead of inputting one name/dob etc and clicking straight to a specific data set, I now have to go through an incredibly long winded selection process. To be honest I cannot even find some things that I am looking for and am at a loss to work out where on earth certain data sets are. It takes a ridiculous amount of time to move between data…

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      under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Search results by category

      Please can we have the option to have results listed by record set as well as the results by record. If you go to Ancestry.co.uk and search with just a name you will find that the results come up in one format with a tab to change to the other. If they can do it so can you.
      In your previous incarnation, searching with just a name produced a list of record sets with the number of hits in each one. If one searched a particular set it was easy to get back to the original list by use of…

      78 votes
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        under review  ·  6 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…

        114 votes
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          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Searching  ·  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

          57 votes
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            under review  ·  3 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…

            87 votes
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              started  ·  4 comments  ·  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…

              25 votes
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                started  ·  2 comments  ·  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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                  started  ·  40 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??

                  64 votes
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                    started  ·  1 comment  ·  Record Sets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    871 votes
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                      started  ·  42 comments  ·  Searching  ·  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.

                      48 votes
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                        planned  ·  1 comment  ·  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

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                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to select multiple counties in census searches

                          Some of my ancestors annoyingly moved from Poole in Dorset to Christchurch (then in Hampshire) and back again. I would like, once again, to be able to search by selecting both counties before beginning my search

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                            under review  ·  0 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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                            • Improve location searching entry and accuracy

                              Currently, location searching can often return results that don't seem to relate to the area searched for.

                              It can also be very difficult to enter a location when the location search field is 'Browseable' due to the number of variations that exist. Location fields, other than maybe country or county, should be free-form entry, and allow wildcards and variations.

                              337 votes
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                                launching soon  ·  33 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Reinstate original census source information on Scottish censuses

                                The census citations on the Scottish censuses do not make sense any more. They previously did on the old UK site, albeit with some transcription and terminology errors, but never did on the US site, with nonsensical RG numbers which you have now imposed on your new platform. Scottish censuses were not kept at TNA, and are cited differently to English censuses. It may not seem important if you're not a genealogist, but source information is as important as the information contained in the records themselves for those who are.

                                164 votes
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                                  started  ·  12 comments  ·  Record Sets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enhance parish register searches

                                  Some have already mentioned the need to separate parish registers from civil registration BMDs. I would like to propose an enhanced method of searching parish registers.

                                  I would like to be able to search registers by county and by parish. (A top level by region would be useful too.)

                                  What I mean is a hierarchical series of drop downs or perhaps preferably pick lists to narrow down search parameters. E.g. if I picked NW, it would give me Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire, Cheshire, West Riding, Dumfries & Galloway. Then if I picked Westmorland, I'd get another drop down of parishes in…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi, this is something we are planning on as part of changes to our categories and inclusion of collections. We agree with this change and are aiming to get this to our customers as soon as possible.
                                    Many thanks,
                                    Findmypast

                                  • 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,

                                    23 votes
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                                      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Automatic completion of information from one search form to another.

                                      For example – to search the Census records for the lifetime facts of a person born before 1841, start at the 1841 Census then work through each subsequent Census until they no longer appear or are known to have died.

                                      The original interface enabled the user to complete a Census form, search for a person or their address, edit the search and then select another Census year for searching. The information entered into the first Census form was automatically carried forward to next where possible.

                                      The new interface requires the user to re-enter the information every time a new A-Z…

                                      432 votes
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                                      • Improve census 'household' view - EVEN MORE

                                        The new census transcript format (14.9.2014) is a vast imporovement.

                                        There are, however, many adjustments that still need to be made.

                                        (Please see the Facebook post here with sample screen grabs which makes it easier to understand these suggestions:-
                                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1406896859594570&set=o.83181195937&type=1&comment_id=1406970279587228&offset=0&total_comments=1)

                                        If you compare the transcribed census form between the new format and the format before re-launch, you will see that even though the layout is pretty much the same, the old site version is very much easier to read.

                                        If you look at the old transcript of a household of say four individuals, the whole household is contained in…

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