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Offline LAURIE81

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Using Find My Past website
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 18:55 GMT (UK) »
Ive started using Find My Past recently but find it quite frustrating. Im struggling to find records that I can easily find on ScotlandsPeople and even Ancestry. Has anyone else found any difficulties with it? Ive been researching for years and have never had a problem such as these with other sites. (ScotlandsPeople, Ancestry, Forces War Records, MyHeritage)
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Re: Using Find My Past website
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 04 November 20 19:28 GMT (UK) »
Sorry Laurie,

I would say just the opposite. I find searches on FindMyPast, far, far easier than Ancestry.

As for Scotland's People, every Tom, Dick and Harry is called Mary McLeod. I have spent a small fortune there finding information that I don't need. 

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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 04 November 20 19:28 GMT (UK) »
Its different to search, but if you cant find records,  check whether the dataset covers the geographical place and timeframe.

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Re: Using Find My Past website
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 November 20 10:08 GMT (UK) »
I agree with Chas -- FindMyPast is much easier to search. I find that Ancestry can be a bit misleading at times. (also top heavy with incorrect 'matches' to your search)

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« Reply #4 on: Thursday 05 November 20 10:49 GMT (UK) »
Im struggling to find records that I can easily find on ScotlandsPeople

Could you clarify what records you've found on Scotland's People which you also expect to find on FindMyPast?
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Re: Using Find My Past website
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 05 November 20 19:18 GMT (UK) »
I agree that Ancestry can be frustrating to use and ScotlandsPeople is ridiculously expensive but I cannot even find my own birth certificate on Find My Past whereas it comes up straight away on ScotlandsPeople. I must be doing something wrong to find it so difficult to use.
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« Reply #6 on: Thursday 05 November 20 19:31 GMT (UK) »
FMPs coverage for scottish births is

"Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950".

Were you born after this date?
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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 05 November 20 19:33 GMT (UK) »
I agree that Ancestry can be frustrating to use and ScotlandsPeople is ridiculously expensive but I cannot even find my own birth certificate on Find My Past whereas it comes up straight away on ScotlandsPeople. I must be doing something wrong to find it so difficult to use.

You were born in Scotland?

In which case only place youíll find your own actual Birth Certificate is on Scotlandís People. It will not be available anywhere else. Similarly with marriage and death certificates in Scotland.

I canít agree that SP is ridiculously expensive. Itís far cheaper to purchase certificates from SP that it is from the GRO in England and Wales, and you can download them immediately.
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Re: Using Find My Past website
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 05 November 20 19:38 GMT (UK) »
I agree with Kiltpin, you can easily spend a lot on things you don`t need, as I`ve just done againt this week ! "But" if you get it right the certs are cheap !!