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    #21
    Do many of you use FMP? I dip in and out of subscriptions with them, primarily use Ancestry, but I wonder if I am missing out with FMP am I not making the best use of its resources? Anybody any tips for FMP or anybody a real advocate of FMP over Ancestry??
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      #22
      Originally posted by Paulc View Post
      Do many of you use FMP? I dip in and out of subscriptions with them, primarily use Ancestry, but I wonder if I am missing out with FMP am I not making the best use of its resources? Anybody any tips for FMP or anybody a real advocate of FMP over Ancestry??
      I prefer the search on FMP to the one on Ancestry and I do like the flexible way you can sort on the columns on FMP but I keep them both as the parishes I need are spread across the two sites. FMP of course has the newspapers included. I did once try to upload a gedcom but it failed and I never bothered to try again although it does try to give me hints for the non-existent tree periodically.

      I got myself trolled online by some "luddites" for saying I liked the FMP search when they changed it and there are some help guides from then in the Reference LIbrary which don't look exactly the same now but give a good idea of the mechanics of the site.

      Another bonus of FMP of course is that if you have ever looked at a record, you don't ever have to pay again - so make sure that you look at all the records from a search as you never know when you might want to repeat it!! You can also save your searches (if you remember to do it - I often forget.)
      Caroline
      Caroline's Family History Pages
      Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. Socrates

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        #23
        I use them both equally. Ancestry is an easier site to search usually and it has many public trees but FMP scores heavily on it’s parish records as I have Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Lancashire roots on my paternal side and a few branches of my mother’s maternal family went to Lancashire. The ability to search on address in censuses is also an FMP plus although it is actually quite clunky to use. Until FMP changes the way users can access other members’ trees, they are pretty much useless. If searching for detailed information on a dataset in order to make a master source entry, ancestry wins hands down.

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          #24
          Yes, I use them both but prefer the search on FMP. The results on Ancestry are annoyingly random whereas on FMP You Can sort the columns. If only they would do that on Ancestry! I think Caroline and GL have said it all and I agreewith both their reasoning. But I disagree with GL over searching on data sets, which I find MUCH better on FMP.
          Anne

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            #25
            As others have said I feel the search on FMP is superior, I have a sub to both Ancestry & FMP, the benefit of FMP having newspapers is vital for my local history research as well as my own family tree. Tree building on FMP is clunky, I began but have not pursued it.

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              #26
              Originally posted by Anne in Carlisle View Post
              Yes, I use them both but prefer the search on FMP. The results on Ancestry are annoyingly random whereas on FMP You Can sort the columns. If only they would do that on Ancestry! I think Caroline and GL have said it all and I agreewith both their reasoning. But I disagree with GL over searching on data sets, which I find MUCH better on FMP.
              Anne
              What I meant there was that when I am making up a new source, the information given in ancestry about a particular dataset is often far more than on FMP and in a format that is dead easy to copy and paste into my own template for a master source. Not that the actual dataset is easy to search within itself. Sorry, I should have made that clearer first time

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                #27
                I struggle to move about in the census on FMP, and it doesn't have the 'breadcrumbs' at the top like Ancestry. I do like the fact that you can click on the columns and get it in date order.

                Ancestry once in a card catalogue you can see a lot more info in summary, whereas on FMP you have to click through to get info.

                FMP has more other info on census that is searchable occupation/address etc
                Mothers MMN on births, and spouse on marriages are all nice touches.

                I don't use the trees, I find them more 'modern' than ancestry, but just don't cut it with me - but that is probably subjective.

                As many of my family are London in recent years Ancestry has served me better.

                I think if I didn't do the newspapers through there I possibly wouldn't bother.
                Carolyn
                Family Tree site

                Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
                Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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