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Title: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 17:06 GMT (UK)
If you have a tree in Ancestry, then it is likely you have used the "tree search" feature to find someone with a particular name. Even for this simple search it is badly implemented, and its shortfalls are particularly obvious if you have a large tree and the name appears many times in your tree.

1) they could fit more names for each "page" of results.
2) they could fit more information about the resulting purpose to help identification, it currently just gives DOB and death (if available). No use if you have many "John Smith"s born 1800!
3) the filter is at best a joke, because the search options are likely not helpful in filtering down the list in a useful way.

I was wondering if there are any packages, ideally free, which are able to read in a GEDCOM from Ancestry, but allow more sophisticated search filtering?

On FindmyPast I did a search on Henry Smith marriages in a date range, looking for anything which might match a person I am currently expanding in the Ancestry web page. When I opened the search result, it was intriguing. It wasn't the Henry currently being researched, but I immediately recognised the "street name" as one I know appears many times in my tree. But how to find the "search result" Henry (now distracted from the original Henry) ?

I used the "tree search" feature in Ancestry for "Henry Smith", and get 5 pages of 10, 45 in total. There are 3 or 4 candidates about the right date. But hold on, what I really want to search for is "name=Henry Smith, father=John, Street(contains)Station Road". It's the street part that is important to me. I would also, ot of interest, like to do a search "return all names of people who have lived in Station Road".

Again yesterday while adding for a different Benjamin I came across the name of a small place called "Brightholmlee" which I immediately recognised from some previous research some months ago on the same family name (single surname research). This place could link different branches together if they live in the same (small) place they are likely related, possibly siblings. But I have no way in Ancestry (as far as I am aware) to make that search. I guess I am surprosed that Ancestry have not realised the value of a sophisticated search.

My current solution is to open the GEDCOM in a text editor and use the simple text search feature of the editor to find (usually) place names, and then you have to navigate around to find the associated name, which is not always clear and obvious in this file format. This method is slow and tedious.

I did at one time buy some software from Ancestry, which was to allow me to have the tree on a laptop when I visited a Family History centre in the UK, but I ended up rarely using it. I have no idea where the disk (CD) is, let alone the install key. I don't even know on which PC or laptop it was installed. I just mention this in case it does have the type of search I am looking for, as perhaps I can ressurect it. Just googled, it might have been "Family Tree Maker". Aha, just found the box. Is it worth re-installing for it's search features?

Sorry for the bit of a rant, but with a big tree, I get more and more frustrated with Ancestry bugs and missing features to allow the tree to be managed. For example from the recommended drop down fill in text, I know that I have mis-spelt Yorkshire as Yorshire, but of course I have no way to find these mis-spelling records in order to corrent them.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Pheno on Wednesday 10 November 21 17:16 GMT (UK)
Are you using the 'keyword' option box (towards the foot of the search parameters) for things like the road name/hamlet name when doing your Ancestry tree search?

That may narrow down/firm up your options.

Pheno
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 17:33 GMT (UK)
Are you using the 'keyword' option box (towards the foot of the search parameters) for things like the road name/hamlet name when doing your Ancestry tree search?

Just to clarify, I am talking about the "tree search" , which allows you to find people already in your tree. It's not the general/global search. I just checked "tree search" and the only option I see is "Filters", which are of no use to me. I do not see 'keyword' which is why I assume you are thinking of a different search. Please corrent me if I am wrong, sometimes buttons appear off screen and you have to scroll to find them.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 17:35 GMT (UK)
Just was using "tree search" again. I forgot to mention this additional annoyance. There are 45 results, but there are no options to order the list, which can ONLY be viewed 10 at a time. They appear in what appears to be a random order. Ancestry haven't even done the most basic thing, which is to order by date of birth.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 17:48 GMT (UK)
I have attached a partial screen shot.

So note the limit of 10 results per page, even though there is room at the bottom for at least 3 more results.

Note the wasted space in each result box, which could have easily been used to add further information, e.g. names of parents or name of wife and children. Of course it would be nice to select exactly what additional information is shown.

Note the random order of results. It isn't sorted by either name or date.

BTW due to the size of the tree and the failings of the various search features in Ancestry I add on purpose the year of birth to the first name to help with those search results which only return first/last name. This particular search at the very least gives additionally year of birth and year of death. Other search results/filters do not. Try working out which of 45 Henry Smiths you want to attach when you get a list of 45 idemtical names (such as when attaching a record from the 1841 census).
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: BumbleB on Wednesday 10 November 21 18:01 GMT (UK)
My apologies, in advance, for this.  Let's face it, we all have our own INDIVIDUAL ways of researching BUT we expect the likes of Ancestry, FindMyPast etc. etc. etc. to know and recognise our particular whims and methods. 
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 18:51 GMT (UK)
Are you doing a Tree Search on your tree or someone else's?
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: clayton bradley on Wednesday 10 November 21 19:43 GMT (UK)
I don't think the names in the tree search are in random order. They are in the order in which you added them to your tree. Sorry, I know that doesn't help you at all. I do feel for you as I have a tree for early Yorkshire Broadleys and there are umpteen Johns, Williams and Henrys, all in much the same area.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:03 GMT (UK)
Are you doing a Tree Search on your tree or someone else's?

My own tree. There are about 2000 people in this tree (more after today!). The problems I am encountering with Ancestry don't really become apparent until your tree gets larger, and it becomes more difficult to re-locate people to whom you would like to add some new information.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:08 GMT (UK)
Mine is circa 3000 and growing and, with many Welsh ancestors, I usually manage to find them without too much trouble. If I am in doubt, I go to the particular line that they belong to and work from there.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:13 GMT (UK)
Would it be easier to do a List of all people and then search in the name and surname boxes at the top of the list. You can just put a few letters in the surname box and then narrow it down until you find the one you want and then click on that and go to their Profile.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Erato on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:23 GMT (UK)
I don't have a tree on Ancestry but surely there must be a way to just look at your list of names, ordered alphabetically.  I use PAF [which is about as primitive as you can get] with a much larger tree than yours and it's simple.  Which Benjamin Chapman do I want?  Check the details in the list.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:29 GMT (UK)
My last reply discusses the list of names and how to search.

Would it be easier to do a List of all people and then search in the name and surname boxes at the top of the list. You can just put a few letters in the surname box and then narrow it down until you find the one you want and then click on that and go to their Profile.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:35 GMT (UK)
This is the Ancestry Tree Search:

Use the List of all people and select from there (added)

Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:50 GMT (UK)
I don't have a tree on Ancestry but surely there must be a way to just look at your list of names, ordered alphabetically.  I use PAF [which is about as primitive as you can get] with a much larger tree than yours and it's simple.  Which Benjamin Chapman do I want?  Check the details in the list.

Ancestry "tree search" does not show the associated information when you use it to filer on a name. You have to open a new window for each person of interest. It just makes it slower to find the person you are looking for (e.g. right place).

BTW I have never heard of PAF. I little googling suggested the following "Personal Ancestral File, as of 2013, is a discontinued free genealogy software provided by FamilySearch, a website operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints".

I will download (if still possible) and see if it can load/parse the GEDCOM format from Ancestry. I understand that although GEDCOM is supposed to be a standard, it isn't always portable across tools.

But just to clarify, my gripe is not that the only available search IMO is badly implemented (wasted space, not ordered usefully), but that it has no additional filtering, such as I suggested "and lived in Church Street".
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 20:53 GMT (UK)
Gary - have you bothered to look at my suggestion?

You seem to just want to complain and not try to use the facilities provided.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 21:00 GMT (UK)
This is the Ancestry Tree Search:

Use the List of all people and select from there (added)

Thank you. I have always used the search box, and to be honest hadn't really noticed the "list of all people" box. I tried it and it is better than the basic search, in that the places associated with birth and death are now given, and there are more entries per page, but sadly no further (advanced) filtering options. I still can't ask it to filter by some additional thing such as "and lived in Church Street".

[rant]
Perhaps the majority of people are happy with what Ancestry provides, but my own opinion is that the tool needs an advanced search option, and I am surprised that Ancestry haven't had the foresight to implement this. The search given is the type of thing a web developer could implement in less than a week, so to me it doesn't look as if they have put much thought or effort into this. Perhaps they did consider it, but decided that it wouldn't result in more subscriptions, so why bother.

I will repeat until you have a piece of information in your hand which you want to add to the tree, due to recognising some linking information, there is no easy way to find possible candidates as stands.
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Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 21:07 GMT (UK)
Gary - have you bothered to look at my suggestion?

You seem to just want to complain and not try to use the facilities provided.

Why shouldn't I complain?

I have been reading this thread and seeing the replies.

Forgive me for taking a break to have my tea in the other room.

I was posting a reply to you, and when I came to post, was told about a new reply. Ironic.

So back in the early 2000's if anyone complained about their Nokia phone "wouldn't it be nice if..." this was wrong of them? Then Apple came out with something offering new features never considered by Nokia.

All I'm trying to point out is that it would be really useful to have an advanced search tool for your tree/GEDCOM. Perhaps 99% of researchers wouldn't be interested. I can't be the only one who would be prepared to spend more $$$ for such a tool, as I  would hope it would help me be more efficient.

If you are happy with your Nokia, good for you ,no-one is suggesting you change, but there are some people looking for something which offers more.

The feature you point out sadly doesn't offer the additional advanced search feature I would like to see.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: KGarrad on Wednesday 10 November 21 21:08 GMT (UK)
If you can't get on with Ancestry, move on and use something else.
Ancestry won't change just because 1 user can't manage :D
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 21:32 GMT (UK)
Quite, Kevin.

Garry - If you don't know who you're looking for, how do you expect Ancestry to pop up and tell you. It needs more parameters than just Henry.

Surely, you know something about him that might distinguish him from all the other Henrys.

If you have his name, then just put that in the search boxes in the full listing.

Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 21:45 GMT (UK)
There might be something in the Filters option of Tree Search that you could look at.

Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Wednesday 10 November 21 22:25 GMT (UK)
If you want some decent Family Tree software, I suggest Family Historian. I've used it, in its many updated versions, and I still think it's one of the best ones.

https://www.family-historian.co.uk/
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Jebber on Wednesday 10 November 21 22:53 GMT (UK)
I don’t  know how he is searching, but  the example Gary gives of his tree search is nothing like the one I get when using the list search. 

I simply put in a First Name and Surname and I get a list if everyone with that name, including any with middle names, it also gives year and place of birth and year and place of death. It is a simple matter then to glance down the list for the person most likely to be the one wanted. As for there being only ten results to a page, that doesn’t make sense, there is the option for 20, 50 or 100 per page.

I don’t understand why anyone would rely on an online tree, it is much more sensible to have dedicated software on one’s own computer and back it up regularly.

There is a saying “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time,”
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 23:40 GMT (UK)
There is a saying “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time,”

Thank you for the insult!

I have entered first name and surname and I get a list. My gripe is that the list is unhelpfully split up and does not allow it to be ordered by year. Yes I have gone through each page and selected possible candidates by opening a new page, but this is slow and tedious.

Gosh it's like going into an Apple forum and criticizing some feature of the iPhone.  ;D

Perhaps I am coloured by my work where I am expected to point out shortfalls in certain software packages which I use, and then make formal proposals (to the provider) as to how to change them to make them work better suited for us. Time is money.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 23:41 GMT (UK)
If you want some decent Family Tree software, I suggest Family Historian. I've used it, in its many updated versions, and I still think it's one of the best ones.

https://www.family-historian.co.uk/

Thank you for the suggestion. I will take a look tomorrow and report back.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Wednesday 10 November 21 23:52 GMT (UK)
Quite, Kevin.

Garry - If you don't know who you're looking for, how do you expect Ancestry to pop up and tell you. It needs more parameters than just Henry.

Surely, you know something about him that might distinguish him from all the other Henrys.

If you have his name, then just put that in the search boxes in the full listing.

Apologies, but I'm puzzled. What am I missing?

In "tree search" have entered the first name and surname. In my attachment I blanked out the surname. I get 45 matches. In my opinion they are unhelpfully split over 5 pages. This could have been reduced. There is enough space in each to print some helpful information to help differentiate them. It would have helped if at the very least the list had been sorted by year of birth, so that I could see the possible candidates grouped together.

Is there a different page where I can search my tree, which I am simply unwaware of?

BTW I have other large trees, and I have had matches of over 100 people in tree search. I am simply suggesting that an advanced or enhanced search would help me track down the wanted person much more efficiently.

The example (I think) that I gave, is that on FindMyPast I found a marriage record of a Henry, who was the son of John, who lived in Arundel Street. I wanted to find John or Henry and see if this record was already attached. I was filtering by Henry, but if I wanted to see if the father was John, I had to open a page for each Henry that was roughly born around this right time.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Thursday 11 November 21 00:16 GMT (UK)
I'm tempted to ask you to give me a link to your tree and the link to the FindMyPast record and I'll see if I can find Henry for you.

Goodnight, sweet dreams

 :)
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Grisel on Thursday 11 November 21 02:17 GMT (UK)
Hello Gary,

I use the Rootsmagic program to complement my Ancestry trees. You can upload your Ancestry tree to Rootsmagic and then take advantage of their searching, sorting and listmaking capabilities.
 
Using your example, if I wanted to find families that lived on a certain street, I would just use the Rootsmagic 'Search Everywhere' feature to look for anywhere that street name appeared in my tree. You can also print a list of everyone that lived in a certain place.

Using the Rootsmagic 'Places' feature, you can go through a gazetteer of all place names in your tree and find ones that are misspelled or wrongly entered. Then pop back to your Ancestry tree in another tab and locate the person whose info you want to make changes to.

It's not as easy as just using one program for everything, but if you like to work in Ancestry, Rootsmagic can help a lot.

There is a free version of Rootsmagic, I believe, but I pay for the full version which is a one-time expense of about $40 US.

Hope this helps!

Grisel
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Thursday 11 November 21 15:33 GMT (UK)
Hello Gary,

I use the Rootsmagic program to complement my Ancestry trees. You can upload your Ancestry tree to Rootsmagic and then take advantage of their searching, sorting and listmaking capabilities.
 
Using your example, if I wanted to find families that lived on a certain street, I would just use the Rootsmagic 'Search Everywhere' feature to look for anywhere that street name appeared in my tree. You can also print a list of everyone that lived in a certain place.

Using the Rootsmagic 'Places' feature, you can go through a gazetteer of all place names in your tree and find ones that are misspelled or wrongly entered. Then pop back to your Ancestry tree in another tab and locate the person whose info you want to make changes to.

It's not as easy as just using one program for everything, but if you like to work in Ancestry, Rootsmagic can help a lot.

There is a free version of Rootsmagic, I believe, but I pay for the full version which is a one-time expense of about $40 US.

Hope this helps!

Grisel

Hello Grisel,

  thank you for the (apropos - I think that is correct) suggestion!

Following a suggestion from an early poster, suggesting "PAF" I did some googling and discovered that PAF was discontinued by FamilySearch and appears to have become or was integrated into the RootsMagic software package. I downloaded and installed the trial/free version.

I was going to post a summary, so I hope that you don't mind me using the reply to you to do this.

TL;DR - the advanced search can do some of the things I would like to be able to do, possibly not everything (but I am still trying to figure it out). Definitely worth adding as a new tool for my research.

This is from an hour or so of playing, so it's only MY take on it. Not meant to cause offence to fans of this software package.

Good
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Bad
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Examples

1) search for records whch have "Brightholmlee".

I was using a text editor to search for the above place in the raw GEDCOM and noticed that he text is included in the note part of the baptism records (transcribed from the scans). I was able to use "advanced person search" with Brightholmlee selected for "any" field. The filter did work. I could move easily to the associated records, however in the "People" window where all someones details/records are shown, the baptism text (which was matched to) is not displayed. Again this may be configurable.

2) search for Henry Smith with a father called John who lived in Church Street.

I am pretty sure that the search allows the address to be matched on. Yep <<Residence place contains "Church">> Warning - when changing search the default match criteria gets changed to "equals" for stings, whereas I would always use "contains". I do not know if you can add a family relationship. To be determined. I plan to see if RootsMagic have a user forum, and if so I will register and ask there.

Thanks once again for the suggestion. I can see that RootsMagic is a very useful tool to have.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Thursday 11 November 21 15:50 GMT (UK)
If you can't get on with Ancestry, move on and use something else.

Sorry but that it both an unhelpful and unfriendly posting. I have no idea if it is in jest or not.

Just to explain, I really really like the Ancestry web based interface. I think it is an excellent way of managing your family tree and I have therefore recommended this site to friends who have gone on to subscribe and create their own trees.

So I do "get on" with Ancestry, I am simply frustrated at one very important feature, the one where you find people in your own tree, which I am surprised is so basic, and even then an obvious improvement of ordering the results by year of birth has not even been considered.

I know it is dangerous to criticize the subject of forums (phone, software package, whatever) because some people who read the posting/question/observation about the product, regard the criticism as an attack on them. Speaking to a friend, he told me that he doesn't like to use forums for this very reason.

Ancestry won't change just because 1 user can't manage :D

I know. In the same way Nokia would never change just because 1 user asked for a bigger colour screen and make it touch sensitve, since they couldn't manage with the small B&W screen and push buttons, which everybody else found perfectly adequate.  ;D
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Thursday 11 November 21 15:54 GMT (UK)
I'm tempted to ask you to give me a link to your tree and the link to the FindMyPast record and I'll see if I can find Henry for you.

Goodnight, sweet dreams

 :)

Thank you for sticking around and giving replies and suggestions.

It is unfortunate that in forums, slight difference in opinions can explode into outright hostility. Sadly I have observed this (as a lurker) too many times.

I would be delighted to have the opportunity to properly show you what the problem is, and have a chance to chat properly. If you would like to get in touch, please private message me and I am sure we can arrange something.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Gadget on Thursday 11 November 21 16:09 GMT (UK)
Did you look at Family Historian. It does have the address search, etc, that you needed and many other query possibilities.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Erato on Thursday 11 November 21 16:35 GMT (UK)
"Following a suggestion from an early poster, suggesting "PAF" ..."

I wasn't actually recommending PAF.  It's an antique program but it does what I want and I've never found any good reason to change.  Maybe I'm just too lazy or cheap.  I did download and try Gramps but found it to be overloaded with junk I don't want or need.  I came away convinced that, as with so many things, less is more.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: majm on Thursday 11 November 21 17:18 GMT (UK)
There is a saying “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time,”

Thank you for the insult!

I have entered first name and surname and I get a list. My gripe is that the list is unhelpfully split up and does not allow it to be ordered by year. Yes I have gone through each page and selected possible candidates by opening a new page, but this is slow and tedious.

Gosh it's like going into an Apple forum and criticizing some feature of the iPhone.  ;D

Perhaps I am coloured by my work where I am expected to point out shortfalls in certain software packages which I use, and then make formal proposals (to the provider) as to how to change them to make them work better suited for us. Time is money.

Time is money.... 

I have been following this thread.   

Once Upon A Time,  preparing a family tree chart was a great way to learn skills with calligraphy pens and expensive paper.   Draft copies could be sketched up,  uncles, aunties, cousins, could gather around visiting your parents,  talking all night, sharing original family papers.   Time was NOT money.  Time was well spent. Time was shared with face to face contact .... home cooking, fire wood chopping and stacking, beds to be made, laundry duties ... all the while Time was sharing with extended family.   

Money is needed to obtain official records.  Time is needed to train yourself in interpreting those records.  Money is needed to hasten the formal training.

Erato mentioned PAF.  Yes, no charge and easy to use and make files to share electronically.

Yes, there are some posts on this thread that a reader may consider as unhelpful or unfriendly.  But err .... umm .... those seem to be from the originating poster and not from RChatters replies.   Just my opinion....  ::)  ::)  :D

Back to that thought that Time is Money .... 

Family History Researching is time consuming and obtaining archival material can be expensive,  but, like many history researching practices, the reward often sought has never included an expectation of any financial reward.  Surely the reward is in sharing the knowledge the research exposes.

JM.


Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: GaryMorton320 on Friday 12 November 21 00:29 GMT (UK)
Did you look at Family Historian. It does have the address search, etc, that you needed and many other query possibilities.

Apologies. It is on my to do list. I was playing more with RootsMagic today and doing a little more searching on a particular name.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: suey on Friday 12 November 21 19:23 GMT (UK)
"Following a suggestion from an early poster, suggesting "PAF" ..."

I wasn't actually recommending PAF.  It's an antique program but it does what I want and I've never found any good reason to change.  Maybe I'm just too lazy or cheap.  I did download and try Gramps but found it to be overloaded with junk I don't want or need.  I came away convinced that, as with so many things, less is more.

I’m with you Erato, love my old PAF5.  After all these years I know my way around it and it’s easy to use. Has everything I need.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Palladium on Friday 12 November 21 23:12 GMT (UK)
Just to add my ha'penny worth..... Run your gedcom through the free Ged2Web software. It will create a folder with a number of files that you can interrogate. Delete the folder before you perhaps have a new gedcom to look at.
Personally I use My Heritage software in my laptop, but that's a faff to set up for what you want to do....
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: Kinsy on Saturday 13 November 21 00:37 GMT (UK)
And I'm definitely with Erato and Suey on the joys of PAF5 !! it has everything I need, including an excellent search facility.
Title: Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
Post by: coombs on Saturday 13 November 21 14:48 GMT (UK)
I have a PAF. My mate's dad recommended it to me in 2004 and I love my PAF. He is also into genealogy and his advice was to check, check and check again.