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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 21:08 GMT (UK) »
If you can't get on with Ancestry, move on and use something else.
Ancestry won't change just because 1 user can't manage :D
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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 21:32 GMT (UK) »
Quite, Kevin.

Garry - If you don't know who you're looking for, how do you expect Ancestry to pop up and tell you. It needs more parameters than just Henry.

Surely, you know something about him that might distinguish him from all the other Henrys.

If you have his name, then just put that in the search boxes in the full listing.

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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 21:45 GMT (UK) »
There might be something in the Filters option of Tree Search that you could look at.

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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 22:25 GMT (UK) »
If you want some decent Family Tree software, I suggest Family Historian. I've used it, in its many updated versions, and I still think it's one of the best ones.

https://www.family-historian.co.uk/
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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 22:53 GMT (UK) »
I don’t  know how he is searching, but  the example Gary gives of his tree search is nothing like the one I get when using the list search. 

I simply put in a First Name and Surname and I get a list if everyone with that name, including any with middle names, it also gives year and place of birth and year and place of death. It is a simple matter then to glance down the list for the person most likely to be the one wanted. As for there being only ten results to a page, that doesn’t make sense, there is the option for 20, 50 or 100 per page.

I don’t understand why anyone would rely on an online tree, it is much more sensible to have dedicated software on one’s own computer and back it up regularly.

There is a saying “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time,”
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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #23 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 23:40 GMT (UK) »
There is a saying “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time,”

Thank you for the insult!

I have entered first name and surname and I get a list. My gripe is that the list is unhelpfully split up and does not allow it to be ordered by year. Yes I have gone through each page and selected possible candidates by opening a new page, but this is slow and tedious.

Gosh it's like going into an Apple forum and criticizing some feature of the iPhone.  ;D

Perhaps I am coloured by my work where I am expected to point out shortfalls in certain software packages which I use, and then make formal proposals (to the provider) as to how to change them to make them work better suited for us. Time is money.

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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 23:41 GMT (UK) »
If you want some decent Family Tree software, I suggest Family Historian. I've used it, in its many updated versions, and I still think it's one of the best ones.

https://www.family-historian.co.uk/

Thank you for the suggestion. I will take a look tomorrow and report back.

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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #25 on: Wednesday 10 November 21 23:52 GMT (UK) »
Quite, Kevin.

Garry - If you don't know who you're looking for, how do you expect Ancestry to pop up and tell you. It needs more parameters than just Henry.

Surely, you know something about him that might distinguish him from all the other Henrys.

If you have his name, then just put that in the search boxes in the full listing.

Apologies, but I'm puzzled. What am I missing?

In "tree search" have entered the first name and surname. In my attachment I blanked out the surname. I get 45 matches. In my opinion they are unhelpfully split over 5 pages. This could have been reduced. There is enough space in each to print some helpful information to help differentiate them. It would have helped if at the very least the list had been sorted by year of birth, so that I could see the possible candidates grouped together.

Is there a different page where I can search my tree, which I am simply unwaware of?

BTW I have other large trees, and I have had matches of over 100 people in tree search. I am simply suggesting that an advanced or enhanced search would help me track down the wanted person much more efficiently.

The example (I think) that I gave, is that on FindMyPast I found a marriage record of a Henry, who was the son of John, who lived in Arundel Street. I wanted to find John or Henry and see if this record was already attached. I was filtering by Henry, but if I wanted to see if the father was John, I had to open a page for each Henry that was roughly born around this right time.

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Re: Ancestry "tree search" is a joke! any alternatives?
« Reply #26 on: Thursday 11 November 21 00:16 GMT (UK) »
I'm tempted to ask you to give me a link to your tree and the link to the FindMyPast record and I'll see if I can find Henry for you.

Goodnight, sweet dreams

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