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  1. 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…

    92 votes
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      started  ·  2 comments  ·  Searching  ·  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

      27 votes
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      • To show a map of the area you are looking into especially if you are not familiar with it

        Showing a map of the area you are searching, maybe parish or county areas.

        35 votes
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          planned  ·  7 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…

          138 votes
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            started  ·  4 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.

            85 votes
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              planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Put the Rates Books somewhere other than in the Census Returns or give a choice of what to look for.

              Would it be possible to change the rates books or put a filter on it so that when searching for just the Census Returns you don't get pages after pages of Rate Books or else put then at the end as this is frustrating trying to find someone only in a Census but to have rate books that might not even be the right person before or around Census results. You can have a Census button with a sub button, so if you want to look for just Census Returns, you can hit that button or Rates Books another button…

              23 votes
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                started  ·  0 comments  ·  Community  ·  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  ·  49 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,

                  61 votes
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                    planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • I'd like to upload multiple images at a time to the tree.

                    It is very cumbersome to upload images one by one. Allow for selection of multiple images for upload.

                    4 votes
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                      launching soon  ·  2 comments  ·  Trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      395 votes
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                        launching soon  ·  34 comments  ·  Searching  ·  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.

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                          started  ·  43 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Search your tree by place

                          I like the list view by people, and you can sort the list by birthplace or death place, but this only sorts by the first value entered in the field, so Workhouse St Pancras will appear next to Worcestershire, but I can't do a search for e.g. St Pancras, or Manchester. This would be very useful.

                          6 votes
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                            started  ·  0 comments  ·  Trees  ·  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…

                            218 votes
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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

                            • 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…

                              128 votes
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                              • Ensure source citations on all documents

                                Sources for the documents are critical. I don't seem to be able to find these currently.

                                246 votes
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                                  started  ·  15 comments  ·  Record Sets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide links to Potential Spouses from Marriage Transcription.

                                  On the old site, when you located a Marriage record, you were shown the list of Potential Spouses in the form of Links to the appropriate Marriage records. This is not implemented in the new version which means you now need to explicitly search for each spouse.

                                  277 votes
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                                  • GRO Quarters are Mar, Jun, Sep and Dec not 1, 2, 3 and 4 -

                                    Quarters are always the months not numbers

                                    206 votes
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                                    • Improve Printing of Census Transcription - Add Reference and Address

                                      The improved census family view print only contains the household.
                                      On its own it is pretty useless as all it documents is that these people lived together, but not where they were.

                                      What is needed is the Address, Town, County (as available).
                                      The Census Reference is needed as Source identification.
                                      The Registration District and Sub-District could also be useful.

                                      47 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Transcripts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve site navigation

                                        Navigation around the site is not perfect. For example to get to the Births Screen (and I mean just Births) we have to select BMD from the search records menu and click it. On the next screen we then have to click all collections, move the mouse down to births and click for a 3rd time and wait for a second screen refresh before we get to where we want to be. Far simpler would be to extend the main menu - we hover on search records to get a list now, so just extend that so that as we…

                                        92 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Searching  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Correct all Parish Burial records which now show "0" instead of "blank" for Age at Death

                                          Many of the Parish Burial registers are now showing Age at Death as "0" when it should be left blank as many registers did not give an age at death. The resultant calculated Year of Birth is therefore showing as the same as the Year of Death, which is wrong and totally misleading.

                                          118 votes
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