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From: "Charles Sidebottom" <>
Subject: Re: [LEI] Family Search website
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:39:58 -0600
In-Reply-To: <FEB933924D7748EC8224E355E93CFED0@discount6774a5>

Hi, All,
I am not complaining about Family Search because I have not used it in quite
awhile. I didn't even know that it had been changed! However, I do use
Ancestry quite a bit, and Find My Past and FreeBMD occasionally, I have
noticed that the searching functions don't seem to give very specific
results anymore--even if I try to be specific.

I have been enjoying the technique tips and work-arounds that some of the
list members are sharing--even though some of it doesn't make sense to me.

My question is: Do these data websites provide instructions for using these
sophisticated searching techniques? Or, are they keeping instructions to
themselves and letting people flounder around in thousands of returns? If
there are instructions for simple or advanced searching, I haven't found

How are we supposed to know, for instance, in David's very clear reply to
Richard about the Ancestry search form, that you should choose the parish or
the county and not both? Where does it explain that? It never occurred to
me that if I knew the answer that went in a specific box on the form, maybe
I shouldn't use it! A lot of us are capable of reading and following
directions if they were only provided.

So before I start complaining to the offending websites that I use, and
possibly embarrass myself--can someone tell me if there are instructions
located somewhere that I am overlooking? Thanks.

in Minnesota, USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of David
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [LEI] Family Search website


If you select the "England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538-1900" database
first, and only complete the search form AFTER having done so, all you'll
get is returns for Warwickshire. You can then further narrow it down by
putting the parish name in the "place".

I should add that this Warwickshire database is incomplete as volunteers
around the world are still in the process of indexing the OPRs for the LDS.
It's possible that once the indexing has been completed that the images of
the original records will be added as it is from these digital images that
the volunteers are creating the index.

The old IGI database has been transferred to the new website. If you want
to specify a parish and search the old IGI database, then you can still use
the Hugh Wallis website
< http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/ >

to obtain the necessary batch numbers for your search.

It's important to learn how various databases work and what quirks they have
to get the most out of them. Quite a few, including non-genealogical
databases (eg Creditors in an Accounts payable system) will start listing
results from ONE PAST the one you want and so it can be useful to drop the
last letter in your search criteria.

On Ancestry, if you specify a parish AND a county when searching the English
census records, it will give priority to the county and ignore the parish.
So in this example, you need to only complete the parish box and leave the
county blank to get the results you want.

David Armstrong
Western Australia

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Kendell
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 11:13 PM
Subject: Re: [LEI] Family Search website

Thank you. But if I specify a birth in Warwickshire England I can't see
I am offered a birth in Maryland USA as the first item and then
births further down the page. I shall persevere!

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