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Re: Ancestry - idiot's guide to finding specific church records pls?
« Reply #27 on: Friday 01 January 21 10:12 GMT (UK) »
Ancestry home page -
Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
Remember - "They'll be found when they want to be found" !!!
If you don't ask the question, you won't get an answer.
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Re: Ancestry - idiot's guide to finding specific church records pls?
« Reply #28 on: Friday 01 January 21 10:45 GMT (UK) »
I am using chrome but I've just tried safari and it's the same. How annoying. This would explain why I have always found Ancestry really cumbersome.

On that note, can I ask another stupid question please about Ancestry.

So, for example, I do a search for George Grew and I put in the birth date of 1787 (to the nearest 10 ten years box ticked) in Bethnal Green (this county box ticked) and maybe I put some parents names in the boxes too and I hit search.

Ancestry comes up with eg ten things. And the top one looks interesting so I click on it, and it's his baptism record. Great,"I'll save it"....and it asks me who I want to save it to, and I type in George Grew. And then the next page is one where I have the new info in a box on the left and the existing info in a box on the right, and I tell it that I want to save the new baptism date and perhaps the info about one thing but not another. All good up to here.

The next page it goes to is to George Grew's profile page....where are the other 9 things it originally found??? The only way I've managed to do it is to hit my back button three times. This is so cumbersome. Surely there is a better way? I can't believe I have put up with it for so long without asking. Surely those other 9 records should be accessible immediately after I've saved the first one of them without me either hitting the back button a few times or starting the search all over again? It's like using the internet 20 years ago!

Don't forget that most of these hints will be detail that other people have added to a George Grew in their trees.  They may not be your George Grew.

By adding, say his baptism from the hints you were offered you are already narrowing down your search criteria and Ancestry will take the opportunity to narrow down the hints to only show those that other people have added to their George Grew's including the one you have accepted.  So your available hints will probably decrease as you add more info.

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Re: Ancestry - idiot's guide to finding specific church records pls?
« Reply #29 on: Friday 01 January 21 17:05 GMT (UK) »
I am using chrome but I've just tried safari and it's the same. How annoying. This would explain why I have always found Ancestry really cumbersome.

On that note, can I ask another stupid question please about Ancestry.

So, for example, I do a search for George Grew and I put in the birth date of 1787 (to the nearest 10 ten years box ticked) in Bethnal Green (this county box ticked) and maybe I put some parents names in the boxes too and I hit search.

Ancestry comes up with eg ten things. And the top one looks interesting so I click on it, and it's his baptism record. Great,"I'll save it"....and it asks me who I want to save it to, and I type in George Grew. And then the next page is one where I have the new info in a box on the left and the existing info in a box on the right, and I tell it that I want to save the new baptism date and perhaps the info about one thing but not another. All good up to here.

The next page it goes to is to George Grew's profile page....where are the other 9 things it originally found??? The only way I've managed to do it is to hit my back button three times. This is so cumbersome. Surely there is a better way? I can't believe I have put up with it for so long without asking. Surely those other 9 records should be accessible immediately after I've saved the first one of them without me either hitting the back button a few times or starting the search all over again? It's like using the internet 20 years ago!

Don't forget that most of these hints will be detail that other people have added to a George Grew in their trees.  They may not be your George Grew.

By adding, say his baptism from the hints you were offered you are already narrowing down your search criteria and Ancestry will take the opportunity to narrow down the hints to only show those that other people have added to their George Grew's including the one you have accepted.  So your available hints will probably decrease as you add more info.

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So, once you have added one piece of information, do you do the same search complete with carefully ticking all the boxes, all over again??
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