FamilySearch updated the historical records search page to make searching for your ancestors easier. Come check out what’s new on the records search page!
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Family Search used to be my go-to genealogy research site. Now it is not. 1. For example, like this page, how do I go from here directly to a search page? 2. FS does not use "start new search". Unable to determine what remnants of previous searches remain in the background. I often get -0- hits on a name until I leave & start with a fresh screen. Using 'start new search' would be most helpful. 3. When one finds a record they want to review, must download that record in order to read it. Record information view far too small to read without downloading. 4. When one downloads a record, must then go to downloads folder to bring up the file. Too many steps. Ancestry has the same small & illegible records problem, but downloads appear directly on the screen allowing you to view the file without the extra step of going to your downloads folder. (then having to take the step of deleting the download when it is not what you are looking for) 5. Sorely miss the availability of the 'film strip'. Once one figures out the organization of the film, one can move around the screen searching with relative ease. 6. And my forever complaint about searching in general, why or why do hits in the 17th century give me SSDI hits--
What I would like to see is a feature where one could remove certain terms from a search. Example I am searching for name 'John Hollow' but I get many, many hits for a 'Abraham Hollow' with John & other Hollows interspersed among them. I would like to remove every hit with the name 'Abraham' in order to get to a more manageable set of hits.
Thank you for listening. Michelle Lyons, Kent WA
Still unable to scroll down the search results. I have put in the same name and date dozens of time and only get same reply. My ancestor's info is out there but your new format keeps it hidden. You cannot begin to imagine my frustration with your new format. Why does people believe change is really necessary? Sometimes the old ways work best.
Thank you for this guide and hints. As a complete beginner I have found it very helpful. And I was successful in finding information on my great grandfather.
I find this 'new' FamilySearch method of searching hopeless. I now barely come here as I go away empty handed. I can no longer even find the records I have previously been able to immediately go to, or those I have edited in the past. The previous search results screen with the LHS panel of your search terms that you could refine to further tailor results was brilliant, now that's gone I find the Preferences tab doesn't work for me, and all the filtering options are too singular - you can't mix and match enough any more.
I'm afraid FamilySearch has lost my vote as having a reasonable search engine now.
I've been doing genealogy research for 45 years, and have used FamilySearch since its inception. I am a Family History Director and have taught many Family History classes in addition to being a high school teacher. This new way of searching for records is exasperating. I used to have a great deal of success using the old search screen. I have been trying for days to get the new record search find a marriage record that I have so I can attach it to my tree and also so I can practice using the new search process. I have all the pertinent information, but the record hasn't appeared in the list after numerous tries. I finally went to the card catalog and was able to find it there.
Sadly, I cannot recommend this new record search process to our patrons. I will be recommending they go to Ancestry and use Record Seek to transfer the indexed information to their FamilySearch tree. They will have to download the image, when available on Ancestry, and then upload it to their source entry in FamilySearch.
Change is not always better. Please reconsider going back to the previous search. I am a webmaster and I would never expect site visitors to learn so many steps to find a record, especially when the previous search was so much easier and more productive.
Ditto most of these comments. Not happy with the 'New Improved Familysearch.' IT USED to be my go-to research. Like others say I know certain records are here; yet I can't even find them 'knowing' the information. Too, as 'New Search' leaves remnants of my prior search -- and wants to 'help' me. Please either fix or revert back.