Thursday, May 8, 2014

News searches and new sliders

I don’t usually post this sort of thing because Michael John Neill does such a great job over on his blog RootDig.com exposing problems with Ancestry.com but this morning I had a little incident on Ancestry.com and I just had to say something.

Here is the scenario…  I wanted to see how many Simmons’ there were living in Perry County, Mississippi in 1850.   Here are my search parameters.

Exact 1Screenshot from Ancestry.com

 

And here are my results:

Exact 2Screenshot from Ancestry.com

 

So why did Ancestry.com decide to search the entire United States instead of Perry County, Mississippi like I told it to?  I have no clue but I will tell you that this happens all the time and it is frustrating.

 

Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis

14 comments:

  1. Michele. I used the search engine specifically for that 1850 census. using your terms exactly as you have them, I got 8 results only. They are identical to your top 8. It worked perfectly for me

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    1. I had someone check behind me to make sure I wasn't nuts because I am very capable of operator error. It is happening randomly. It is almost like the previously settings get stuck or something. When I go back a page, the settings are correct. I have to change them to the wrong settings, go ahead and let it search, then go back and change it back to the right settings and search again.

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  2. Searches i've conducted lately appear to be broad spectrum searches that are no way
    limited to selected areas, dates, names, ages, genders, etc. It is very frustrating.

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    1. I am glad that I am not the only one then!

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  3. Jeez, I thought it was me. Keep unchecking boxes and playing with the settings. Only skews the results more or I get no results. Their search engine is acting very wonky. I have found myself going to FamilySearch to look for census records, than the Ancestry Card Catalog to find that image to attach to my tree.

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    1. I am hearing this on Facebook too. It behaves very erratically. Some people are reporting that they are having no problems (and they duplicated my exact search) and others are reporting that it is wonky :) :) :)

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  4. I have had the EXACT (pun intended) thing happen to me. I like the new little search "slider" idea but every time I have to adjust the slide to get close to the results I expected. Something isn't coded correctly. But that isn't what is aggravating. It's that it is not being user tested before it is released to the public.

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    1. I don't use the sliders at all. I will go back to the previous page and reset my parameters (when it works). I just like having more control.

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    2. Michele -- it just got worse. Today I decided to look for my beloved aunt in the 1940 census. Was sorta surprised I her on a "to-do" list as these usually pop-up in Ancestry trees. Today I know why it hasn't. On ANCESTRY -- I can't find her. I can't find her husband. I can't find her son. It's as if they never existed in 1940.

      Then I went to familysearch.org and in less than 1.5 minutes found them in the census. They were not living in the county where I expected them. I'd love for someone to find them ON ANCESTRY. Look for surname MAY, given name Charles or Mollie. Living in Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri.

      I wanted to tell Ancestry that their sliders are seriously broken. Good luck on doing that. Grrrrrrr. I used to work on a software team for intranets. Frankly right now I'm going from error in programming into more serious thoughts. I am NOT happy.

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    3. As a general rule, FS's indexing is better than Ancestry.com's.

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    4. Lynda, I've had the same problem. Took the info from FS, went to Ancestry. Put in the township, county and state. THEN, put in one name, not the surname, that I thought was unusual. Sometimes I then found the family on ancestry, misindexed. So made the correction there so that others could find the family in the future.

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  5. I've been having that problem for the last several years! Sometimes I get so fed up I quit using Ancestry for weeks because I'm so irritated. Oh, and I asked for help once and was told to "uncheck" things....

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    1. I like to start my searches very specific and then slowly broaden the search parameters until I find what I am looking for. Ancestry.com makes that a bit tough.

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  6. Similar problem and similar results here - checking exact box does not mean that the slider is necessarily also on the exact end for some reason.

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