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Surname search problem

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Christine2 Report 31 May 2011 18:15

I don't know whether this has been mentioned before but the new search giving loads of variations on a suername is driving me mad.

For instance, I was looking for someone named Ann Ham and did +/- 1 year. There were dozens of pages to wade through because it included everyone whose name started with Ham..........


Kense Report 31 May 2011 18:24

I agree it is a problem for me with Robins where the results get swamped by Robinsons.


SylviaInCanada Report 31 May 2011 19:42

and Park ....... that included not only names beginning with Park, but also Perkes


Christine2 Report 1 Jun 2011 09:42

Thank you for the replies. I'm pleased to hear it isn't just me.

Surely it would be better to go back to just the name we ask for. If we think there may be a variation in spelling we are all quite capable of trying others without looking at dozens that aren't even close.

Do GR read these suggestion threads does anyone know please?


Kense Report 1 Jun 2011 10:53

An tick box for exact surname comparisons would give us some control over the process.

Yes GR do read these suggestions and some (uncontroversial ones) have been implemented in the last few days.


Christine2 Report 1 Jun 2011 11:18

Thank you KSE :)

I do hope they do something, as everytime I found a new ancestor I used to check on here to see if anyone else had them. Now I just haven't got the time to trawl all those pages.