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Title: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 16:08 GMT (UK)
I am being bought a gift subscription, but I am unsure which site will be best for my purposes, i know they are both great sites in their own right. Baring in mind that the majority of my research will be in england specifically Norfolk.  Can anone recommend which would be best for me. Ancestry or Find my past?  :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: *Sandra* on Monday 04 December 17 16:24 GMT (UK)
Lots of threads have asked that same question. 

My own preference is for ancestry.  Shop around - it was possible to get yearly ancestry subscriptions recently - UK premium for 59-99 and worldwide for 89-99  :D

Find My Past have had many, many offers this year - 1 months access for 1. Understandably this makes those people with a yearly subscription rather annoyed.

Sandra
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: emeltom on Monday 04 December 17 16:42 GMT (UK)
You could always take up the two weeks free trial and see which one suits you best before deciding on which to go for. Just don't forget to cancel before the two weeks are up.

Emeltom
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: chris_49 on Monday 04 December 17 17:14 GMT (UK)
...and find out if either is available in your local library - then get the one that isn't!
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 17:17 GMT (UK)
You could always take up the two weeks free trial and see which one suits you best before deciding on which to go for. Just don't forget to cancel before the two weeks are up.

Emeltom

This is a very sensible idea, why did i not think of it lol
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: horselydown86 on Monday 04 December 17 17:18 GMT (UK)
On FindMyPast anyone can perform searches and view the result sets, which will usually  include name, date and place.  You need the registration and subscription to view the full transcript and image (if there is one).

So start your research now.  If you find a lot of results where you think, "that record looks like mine, I want to see the image for that", then you'll have your answer.

Also on FindMyPast, go to Search/A-Z of record sets.  Put "Norfolk" in as the search term.  See what record sets come up.  Do they look promising for the dates and places of interest?  Do they have images or just transcripts?

You can do something similar on Ancestry.  The record sets are listed in the Card Catalogue.

I'm rusty on what comes up on Ancestry search results when you aren't registered/subscribed.  As I recall, they are less informative, with date and place hidden.

Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 17:18 GMT (UK)
...and find out if either is available in your local library - then get the one that isn't!

I had no idea libraries did this, you learn something every day, i shsll look into this as soon as i can thanks
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 17:21 GMT (UK)
Lots of threads have asked that same question. 

My own preference is for ancestry.  Shop around - it was possible to get yearly ancestry subscriptions recently - UK premium for 59-99 and worldwide for 89-99  :D

Find My Past have had many, many offers this year - 1 months access for 1. Understandably this makes those people with a yearly subscription rather annoyed.

Sandra

I can see why this would annoy, i noticed an offer but it had expired before i coukd benefit from it, i could wait for another but I am really not that patient lol
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 17:24 GMT (UK)
On FindMyPast anyone can perform searches and view the result sets, which will usually  include name, date and place.  You need the registration and subscription to view the full transcript and image (if there is one).

So start your research now.  If you find a lot of results where you think, "that record looks like mine, I want to see the image for that", then you'll have your answer.

Also on FindMyPast, go to Search/A-Z of record sets.  Put "Norfolk" in as the search term.  See what record sets come up.  Do they look promising for the dates and places of interest?  Do they have images or just transcripts?

You can do something similar on Ancestry.  The record sets are listed in the Card Catalogue.

I'm rusty on what comes up on Ancestry search results when you aren't registered/subscribed.  As I recall, they are less informative, with date and place hidden.
i have done research with both a long time ago, but the more they make available the less you can see without a subscription now, least tgats how it appears to me..
Mustnt complain, the work involved in transcribing all these records has to be paid for somehow.
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: coombs on Monday 04 December 17 17:32 GMT (UK)
I would choose Anc for the bulk records and being able to view more scans of original images. But FindMyPast has many more occupational records which are very helpful.
Title: Re: Ancestry or find my past
Post by: pigginnut on Monday 04 December 17 17:37 GMT (UK)
I would choose Anc for the bulk records and being able to view more scans of original images. But FindMyPast has many more occupational records which are very helpful.

So many helpful suggestions thank you