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Offline ridban

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What's the most cost effective solution?
« on: Tuesday 21 August 07 14:47 BST (UK) »
Given a limited budget........is it Ancestry, findmypast, 1837online, or something else I haven't yet come across?

I used to be with ancestry but I had a bad experience with them. I understand they've cleaned up their act a bit now and have an english telephone number you can call. And their transcriptions are awful too. But do they have a widest, most useful selection of records?

I don't know.

Some advice/suggestions would be most appreciated!

Thanks,
Linda

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 21 August 07 14:50 BST (UK) »

Use Ancestry access at a library..

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 21 August 07 14:50 BST (UK) »
Linda

I agree that Ancestry's transcriptions are terrible and I have subs to both Ancestry and findmypast.  However having said that as much as I like findmypast, and I do, I think it is far superior, but it does not as yet have the full coverage of census returns.

Bearing in mind you can still use Freebmd I would go with Ancestry and wait for findmypast to add the remaining census returns.

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 21 August 07 15:03 BST (UK) »
Despite all the usual reservations, Ancestry does seem to have the widest coverage overall. And you can look at the original scans on much of the data . . . it's not always easy finding them, but at least you don't pay by the page ::)

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 21 August 07 15:12 BST (UK) »
And not every library has ancestry - especially if you're not in a big town.

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 21 August 07 15:31 BST (UK) »
Looks to me like Ancestry is the web site we love to hate. Had my own gripe yesterday on another board
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=251381.new;topicseen#new

Seems to me that we need to get some consumer action going. We do have to pay for this substandard service after all. How so much better it will be when Findmypast has all the census records.

I have Ancestry, Findmypast an Origins, so no help other than having a clear preference for the accuracy of Findmypast.

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 22 August 07 18:42 BST (UK) »
Has anyone used the census on Genes Reunited?

You can look at the index for free, you just pay to view.  I am no longer a member.  Looks quite cheap.

Any thoughts

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 22 August 07 19:30 BST (UK) »
I haven't even thought of using that but I would be interested to know what their transcription accuracy is like compared to Ancestry?

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Re: What's the most cost effective solution?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 22 August 07 19:53 BST (UK) »
Hi
I have been using ancestry for about two years and not had a problem with it. I think its just as good as any that are out there. Will admit some of the transcribing is a bit off at times, but looking at the census sheets you can understand why ;)

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