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Offline Darwin

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Life Story on Ancestry
« on: Thursday 05 November 20 07:37 GMT (UK) »
Is there a glitch at the moment? I haven't had this happen before but the LifeStories on my people have gone bonkers and are changing all the places to other places in the world eg saying Devonshire, Bermuda instead of Devonshire or Devon England, even though in the facts it clearly says Devon, England. It's happening all over the place so all the Life Stories are now useless. I can change them manually but I can't do that to hundreds of profiles! I've used Ancestry for years and never had this happen before. Is this happening for anyone else and does anyone know how to stop it?
Devon: Sloman & Parsons
Banffshire: McGregor & Ogg
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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 05 November 20 08:20 GMT (UK) »
Just looked at a random selection of my tree - all look OK.
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Berkshire: Amor, Beard, Creed, Gale, Noakes, Pearmain, Spencer, White, Willis
Cornwall / Devon: Arscott, Coram, Cundy, Eastlake, Minedue, Reeve
Essex: Ager, Garrad, Linsell, Pearmain
Hampshire: Noakes
Norfolk: Fox, Spencer, Wilkins
Northumberland: Ager, Bell, Cundy, Gair, Robinson
Oxfordshire: Allmond, Beard, Burton, Cobb, Creed, Hilsdon, Nichols, Shurville
Wiltshire: Amor
Yorkshire: Bell, Fox

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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 November 20 08:21 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for the reply. Do you have world access or just UK & Ireland?
Devon: Sloman & Parsons
Banffshire: McGregor & Ogg
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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 November 20 09:04 GMT (UK) »
Iíve had that problem on and off for years.  Every now and again I recheck.  The best was my 2 times great grandparents who died in Bairnsdale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.  Suddenly they were in Trinidad and Tobago.  Son suggested I wait until Australia was playing cricket there and he would accompany me to visit.  ;D ;D
James -Victoria, Australia originally from Keynsham, Somerset.
Janes - Keynsham and Bristol area.
Heale/Hale - Keynsham, Somerset
Vincent - Illogan/Redruth, Cornwall.  Moved to Sculcoates, Yorkshire; Grass Valley, California; Timaru, New Zealand and Victoria, Australia.
Williams somewhere in Wales - he kept moving
Ellis - Anglesey

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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 05 November 20 09:19 GMT (UK) »
UK and Ireland only.

I've never noticed a problem, even when I had worldwide access.
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My Interests:

Berkshire: Amor, Beard, Creed, Gale, Noakes, Pearmain, Spencer, White, Willis
Cornwall / Devon: Arscott, Coram, Cundy, Eastlake, Minedue, Reeve
Essex: Ager, Garrad, Linsell, Pearmain
Hampshire: Noakes
Norfolk: Fox, Spencer, Wilkins
Northumberland: Ager, Bell, Cundy, Gair, Robinson
Oxfordshire: Allmond, Beard, Burton, Cobb, Creed, Hilsdon, Nichols, Shurville
Wiltshire: Amor
Yorkshire: Bell, Fox

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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 05 November 20 09:30 GMT (UK) »
This may seem counter intuitive, but it is advice from Ancestry themselves.

Rather than typing in the full name manually, use the autofill drop down menus. Ancestry (the program) knows where those are and stores them correctly.

That said, I personally came across this particular piece of advice just recently (I have been binge watching videos by "The Barefoot Genealogist" Crista Cowan to find out about Ancestry DNA whilst waiting for my results) and at least for my main tree it is largely useless since the dropdown list includes numerous misspellings and truncated references from eg census transcriptions, as well as at least one typo of my own - Shotts Esat District instead of Shotts East District.
Howie (Riccarton Ayrshire)
McNeil/ McNeill (Argyll)
Main (Airdrie Lanarkshire)
Grant (Lanarkshire and Bo'ness)
More (Lanarkshire)
Ure (Polmont)
Colligan (Lanarkshire)
Drinnan (New Zealand)

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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 05 November 20 09:55 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for the replies. For a tree I'm working on now, I did try the drop down menu for Tiverton - it gave the choice of six different options so I chose Tiverton, Devon, England. The LifeStory has changed that to Tiverton, Cheshire, England.  :'(
Devon: Sloman & Parsons
Banffshire: McGregor & Ogg
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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 05 November 20 10:35 GMT (UK) »
If I understand it correctly, and it is perfectly possible I don't, Ancestry is pre programmed, so to speak with a large number of locations that it knows, and particularly for the US will fill in the correct county for you as well. so if you pick one of those pre entered drop down options, it works perfectly. So far so good.

The problem is, it adds every location you type in, as well as any location that is read directly from a census (even mistranscriptions) to that drop down menu. Sadly, even if a location is added manually by you entirely accurately, Ancestry doesn't recognise that name, so will reset it to the closest match it can find in it's known list - in this case Tiverton, Cheshire, which it "knows" rather than Tiverton, Devon, which it doesn't.

It seems to me it would be much better if the program didn't keep adding to it's drop down menus, but only included the place names it actually recognises - after all, how can the user know the difference between "Tiverton, Devon, England" that is on the list because they typed it in full on a previous entry, and "Tiverton, Devon, England" which Ancestry knows and recognises?

My own personal favourite is when I carefully typed "Wishaw, Lanark, Scotland" and Ancestry changed it to  "Wishaw, Lanark, Scotland, Texas, USA"
Howie (Riccarton Ayrshire)
McNeil/ McNeill (Argyll)
Main (Airdrie Lanarkshire)
Grant (Lanarkshire and Bo'ness)
More (Lanarkshire)
Ure (Polmont)
Colligan (Lanarkshire)
Drinnan (New Zealand)

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Re: Life Story on Ancestry
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 05 November 20 12:27 GMT (UK) »
They've obviously been making changes. Last time I looked, any address with a comma between the house number and the street name was converted to a random place in the USA.

They appear to have fixed that, so the ones I've looked at appear to be OK now. Where I specified England they now say England too.

I always specify the country, except for the two events which say "At Sea". I've been lucky that most of the country names in my trees have not changed, though there are Great War casualties in what is now Iraq. I don't think I've seen "Mesopotamia" in Ancestry's drop down lists!
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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