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ChrisinBrisbane Report 23 Apr 2013 07:20

Hi Sylvia,

Many thanks for the suggestion. I'll give that a go.

To be honest though, the surname boards were really good at one time, i don't know why they went and changed something that didn't need fixing. Seems to be typical of this site now.

If it wasn't for a new contact (just when my subscription had come up due) I would have left this site ages ago (as many appear to have already done), as it has gotten progressively worse over the last couple of years.




SylviaInCanada Report 23 Apr 2013 00:45


have you tried using Advanced Search???

That searches each Board individually.

Drives most of us crazy .......... because we're often searching for something, but don't know which Board we need ...................... and having to search each Board individually is enormously time wasting for us.

But it might be what you are looking for



ChrisinBrisbane Report 22 Apr 2013 23:40

My suggestion is to do with the 'find ancestors' board (specifically, although could be applied to all the other boards as well).

When conducting a search of this board for a specific term (be it a surname, place name or other word) the result that comes up is usually pretty useless, as there are posts that have nothing to do with the topic being searched (I am getting games etc from the other 'general' boards), or are too old to be relevant any longer.

Please limit the search capability to only the 'finding ancestors' board (or whatever board is being searched), AND please put the results in a chronological order, with newset on the first page.




Mary Report 1 Apr 2013 17:45

I live in a cottage built in 1650 and it would be helpful to be able to access the census records by county, then town, then parish, and eventually get the records for my road. This is possible on but I have been unable to find a similar facility on GR. Is there one? I have had to try and find names of families living in the road from one year and hope they appear a decade later! Not ideal. I am also researching history of local pub but that only goes back to the 1860s so not such a problem!! Also, any ideas on house research prior to the census records? Thanks


tanglewood Report 23 Feb 2013 11:39

My suggestion is STOP SHOWING THAT SILLY WHOA! MESSAGE WHENEVER WE TRY TO PRINT OUR TREE you know it will never be fixed. I have wasted 12 months subscription which (expires today) trying to get HELP in printing my tree, I have been contacting Support the whole time, I have had replies, ie we are working on a solution??? but it is still not available, what is the point in renewing when a member cannot have a paper record if that is what they choose to have? The facility to print is still shown on TREE.
:-D :-( :-S


Jennifer Report 16 Feb 2013 21:30

Thank You Jax..I will go and read through it all. I may find something useful...

Jenny X :-)


jax Report 16 Feb 2013 18:42

Hi Jennifer

Here is another thread about it


Jennifer Report 16 Feb 2013 15:04

I'm not sure if this is the right place to write my message so please forgive me if I am wrong.

I keep getting requests to view my tree with no info on who the person is they are looking for. I know this is a GR thing with this message being drafted to suit all, but whilst its quicker for the sender to ask for tree access it is more of a hassle for me having to write to ask who they want info on.

Can GR scrap this message please.



Kense Report 15 Feb 2013 14:04

I am sorry but the thread I referred to a couple of messages ago has now gone.


JoyDean Report 14 Feb 2013 20:33

Thank you, Ken.


Kense Report 14 Feb 2013 11:51

Joy, see Rollo's post of 11:22 on this thread:


JoyDean Report 14 Feb 2013 09:55
13 Feb 2013 23:04
More reports are being sent for review unnecessarily.

I have been told that the team does not have the time to moderate the site but, as free sites do - such as and - I do not understand why this fee-paying site will not undertake effective moderation.


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Feb 2013 03:43

Peter .........

problem with that is that not everyone uses the same geographical term for the same person ..................

for example, John Smith b. Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire

you can find this listed as

Chadderton, Lancashire
Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire
Oldham, Lancashire

and all of these could be correct!

Then you have the places that straddle county lines ............... do you enter them as Lancashire or Westmorland? Both are correct.

As for the censuses .......... the geographical names used are those that are on the actual census. They are transcribed directly from that census and cannot be (should not!) be changed.

Mis-spellings in transcription can be submitted as Alternate Information .......... but the actual names should not be changed.

Also, don't forget that place names in England and Wales have changed over the centuries, county boundaries have been changed (even towards the end of last century!) .......

..... and the question becomes do you use the names in effect in 1850, 1950 or 2000?

You should do what the rest of us do ....................... learn the possible names for your people, access a map, or google.


Peter Report 5 Feb 2013 02:22

The place names listed in census searches do not mean much to me.
How about a link to a map?
This would also help me decide whether a name found in consecutive censuses belonged to the same individual.


Kenneth Report 2 Feb 2013 04:19

Trumps messages shoul be accessible in on the Home page as i Ido not have Email on this computer.. Also, when accessing the trumps Emails from you on our main computer the page comes up in Google Chrome, a horrible device. Would be good to have the the option of opening them in Google,. I find about 50% are in my contacts already.


GlitterBaby Report 30 Jan 2013 11:57

Agree with Sylvia

Not bothered trying to find threads that need help on Genealogy Chat with all those "useful" threads have been nudged up


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Jan 2013 07:22

major problem as a result of the nudging of all the tips threads

I've just been working my way through TWO pages full of tips on Genealogy Chat is going to work their way through all those dratted threads to find people who want help.

I certainly am not!

Something else will have to be thought of.

it's another nail in the coffin as far as I am concerned!



JannieAnnie Report 29 Jan 2013 23:28

I support a comment in the post on Genealogy Chat to have a stickied "Useful Sites" along the lines of the absolutely practical post made today by KenSE giving a summary of Jonesey's Tips - to include Joy Kentish Maid's posts such as:

Military Research Tips - please add
Useful books - please add
Useful Sites - please add

there may even be more "please add" posts on the Boards. The good thing with this would be that the original posts can continue to have more useful sites added but the summary post would give quick access to all available 'please add' posts.

I also agree with the comment on KenSE's post about GEDCOMs - why not a post with links to ALL GEDCOM explanations - one explanation might be clear to one member whereas another explanation might be clearer to another member. At least it will be 'belt and braces' . OR If we ask Jonesey nicely maybe he would prepare a GEDCOM Tip of the Day from the information already posted on the Boards


JoyDean Report 29 Jan 2013 10:56

A suggestion partially taken up


JannieAnnie Report 20 Jan 2013 23:57

I also wonder why GR do not provide decent research tips themselves, but then if the research tips are provided by many (paying) members of GR then Genes are getting the expertise, tips, help, research, recommendations etc, etc provided for free. Stickying the tips (and certain specific, not general, lookup offers) would be helpful.

I looked at the Home Page and the tip.."Need help or advice?" is to "Ask the Genes Community - Our members are always happy to help anyone who needs a hand with their family history."

As to Victor's threads (Gloucestershire Archives and NBI Lookups) and also other similar threads for" Derbyshire Parish Records", "Useful sites; please add" and "Starting family history research" and Jonesey's various "Tips" ,just seemed logical to me that being 'stickied' would put practical, informative and helpful threads where they would be more likely to be seen, read and hopefully applied, for example the stickied " PLEASE check the date on the thread" thread.

Genes must have some criteria already when it comes to stickying threads at the top of a board, and to safeguard against 'any' lookup thread being stickied then perhaps the length of time since first posting and the responses of members using the thread could be further criteria.

If a stickied thread seems to have been inappropriately stickied, then a suggestion could always been made on this board to have it unstickied.