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my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:45 GMT (UK) »
How hard can it be? :(

Last month I could search away on ancestry, but now

I type in a christian name,  surname, birth year give or take 2 and presto ............................ only results from the English census not the Welsh. So I go to the Wales 1881 census punch in the details, John Williams, 1839, wales, glamorgan, merthyr tydfil, male, and presto up come the reults with 1 or 2 stars first, the first names begining with A.

What am I doing wrong,?

A very frusted Drewllyd!

A very frustrated
Williams (Merthyr Tydfil)
Mackreth (Wrexham)
Teece (Epping)
Rees (Pems/Mons)
Crees (Somerset)
Pritchard (Mons)
Harding (Wessex)

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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:51 GMT (UK) »
If you want the flexibility of both E & W census being initially scanned, you have to use the main page - then when you get a list of Census years, depending on how you structured the original search (specific or not to a county in E or W) you can chose England or Wales - an individual Census Year is EITHER England OR Wales
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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:52 GMT (UK) »
In addition, try checking the box marked "exact searches only" - then you don;t have to fiddle around with all that stars business!

kind regards, Arranroots  ;)
Census Information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk <br /><br />~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<br />SOM: BIRD, BURT aka BROWN<br />HEF: BAUGH, LATHAM, CARTER, PRITCHARD<br />GLS: WEBB, WORKMAN, LATHAM, MALPUS<br />WIL: WEBB, SALTER<br />RAD: PRITCHARD, WILLIAMS<br />GLA: RYAN, KEARNEY, JONES, HARRY<br />MON: WEBB, MORGAN, WILLIAMS, JONES, BIRD<br />SCOTLAND: HASTINGS, CAMERON, KELSO, BUCHANAN, BETHUNE/ BEATON<br />IRELAND: RYAN (WATERFORD), KEARNEY (DUBLIN), BOYLE(DUNDALK)


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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:52 GMT (UK) »
Hi Drewllyd,

I just did the same search from Wales 1881 option & got the same result as you.  However, when I did an exact search with +/- 2 yrs on his birth date...up he popped & one other.

Hope that helps,

Debbie  :)
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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:56 GMT (UK) »
do people actually use the non-exact search ?
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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 18:59 GMT (UK) »
Yes ................................... walks of sheepishly! :-\


feeling very silly



thanks for the tips ::)
Williams (Merthyr Tydfil)
Mackreth (Wrexham)
Teece (Epping)
Rees (Pems/Mons)
Crees (Somerset)
Pritchard (Mons)
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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 19:02 GMT (UK) »
do people actually use the non-exact search ?

Newfy!!

Chris, most of us are friendly!!

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Census Information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk <br /><br />~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<br />SOM: BIRD, BURT aka BROWN<br />HEF: BAUGH, LATHAM, CARTER, PRITCHARD<br />GLS: WEBB, WORKMAN, LATHAM, MALPUS<br />WIL: WEBB, SALTER<br />RAD: PRITCHARD, WILLIAMS<br />GLA: RYAN, KEARNEY, JONES, HARRY<br />MON: WEBB, MORGAN, WILLIAMS, JONES, BIRD<br />SCOTLAND: HASTINGS, CAMERON, KELSO, BUCHANAN, BETHUNE/ BEATON<br />IRELAND: RYAN (WATERFORD), KEARNEY (DUBLIN), BOYLE(DUNDALK)

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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 19:08 GMT (UK) »
merely surprised, I tried it once ages back and it just didnt work for me - now I see that it gives the sort of results mentioned above (or below depending on how you have your threads presented .,..)
I'm vindicated - LOL

Chris, no offence  - the best way to learn is to experiment, make a few mistakes, see what others do etc  ;)

Cant speak for ArranRoots mind you !
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Re: my ancestry searches results are poo! Is it me or my settings?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 12 December 06 19:12 GMT (UK) »
No offence taken, ask an obvious question ............................... get a straight answer ;D

Just played with it and found him in  1871 and 1881.

you're all lovely .................................... I think ;)
Williams (Merthyr Tydfil)
Mackreth (Wrexham)
Teece (Epping)
Rees (Pems/Mons)
Crees (Somerset)
Pritchard (Mons)
Harding (Wessex)