I am going to show you one reason I like the old search better. If you put the name Marmaduke Jowers in both the old and the new searches using the criteria of exact matches and historical records only you will get 14 hits either way. It is how the records are displayed that is different. Sorry that the first screenshot isn’t completely clear. I can only make the graphic so big on the blog.
Here is the new search. All of the results are sort of jumbled up on the right. For example, the census records are not grouped together. To narrow it to the type of record you have to click on of the categories on the left.
If I do the same search on the old search page I get a short and sweet list of results that are already grouped by category making it easier for me to see what I have. If you notice, this has more information than the left panel in the new search. I like it this way better. The list is more organized and meaningful.
Tomorrow I will give you an example of a search producing different results using the old and new searches.
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