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Ancestry Search Box issue

Discussion in 'Search tips - discussion' started by Pauline, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. NicolaP

    NicolaP LostCousins Member

    I wonder if the update has something to do with the fact that Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre have advised on their website that the Wills and Bishops Transcripts are due to be released on Ancestry. A few weeks back it send middle of November then the other week early December, but I noticed the other day that they had pulled the date altogether and just said being released. If Ancestry are in the process of merging the Bishops Transcripts in with the Parish Registers and have made changes to the databases, this may explain why the parish is missing from the results. I agree its very annoying and I suspect or at least hope that it will get resolved soon.
     
  2. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Star

    Yes some funny goings on without doubt and I can relate to having to move the slider to get, as you say, the results wanted even though there should have been no need if the search had taken notice of the input data in the first place.

    Can't say I've noticed anything quite so strange as Peter's example, but probably only a matter of time and certainly Ancestry appear to ignore data input and react as though you had entered a wild card.
     
  3. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Star

    I have, but it was a couple of weeks ago and I can’t now remember what search I was doing. I do remember that the results seemed completely random and nothing to do with what I was searching for. It kept happening so I had to abandon the search until later.
     
  4. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Star

    Could be - in which case I might forgive them! I’m particularly looking forward to the wills being available.
     
  5. NicolaP

    NicolaP LostCousins Member

    The parish name is back in the Wiltshire results. Looks like it was to do with the Bishops Transcripts being uploaded as they are now on there, although not sure they are in the search results yet, only able to browse. Annoyingly, so far the only BTs are the Wiltshire parishes plus one now in Gloucestershire and no sign of the Berkshire parishes which came under the Archdeaconry of Sarum and are held at Chippenham. I had been hoping they would appear as have for other collections. I suppose it may depend on whether Berkshire RO have objected although if they are held at WSHC I don't see how they could. No sign of the Wills yet.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  6. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Star

    Having randomly selected a number of Wiltshire parishes to check, it appears that so far only 17th century BTs are available. So maybe there will be more uploaded in due course, and maybe that will include those for Sarum parishes outside of Wiltshire.

    I have a vague memory from looking at BTs in the archives many years ago - before they moved to Chippenham - that the Wiltshire BTs were on fiche, but that the Berkshire ones hadn’t been filmed. I seem to remember that the Berkshire ones came in very hard to open rolled up bundles, so they wouldn’t be as easy to digitise.
     
  7. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Star

    But they can be searched as well as browsed.
     
  8. NicolaP

    NicolaP LostCousins Member

    When I tested initially yesterday there didn't appear to be any BTs in the search results, but later there were so may have been updating at that time.
     

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