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  1. Saved pages need to retain the position on the page (which was the original subject of a search)

    I have many saved pages, organised them by person in support of family history. However when I retrieve the saved page, there is no 'pointer' directly to the article on the page which contains their reference (i.e. the original search result), resulting in a need to read through a whole page again to re-discover. I'm sure it never used to be like this?

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  2. When doing a serach, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMy Past does, so any newly added entried c

    When doing a search, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMyPast does, so any newly added articles can easily be identified.

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  3. Bookmarks are placed in Folders, but you can't go to a particular folder and search

    You can place bookmarks into 'Folders', but you can't actually search these folders individually. A page showcasing your various folders would be handy.

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  4. Obituaries

    Despite entering someone's name, the requested info does not appear even though it should. Could there not be a possibility of showing deaths/marriages as a collection?

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  5. Allow advanced search by county

    In the simple search I can select from a dropdown box to search by county, which is very useful. However, advanced search only allows a search by publication place, which is often not as useful. For example, I want to use advanced search and limit it to Northamptonshire, but this appears to be impossible.

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  6. Bring back the old views!

    This computer generated text is rubbish. Please bring back access to the whole page of print that highlights the key words searched for. The only way I can now read the original page is to press the print button but then there is no highlighting. As a researcher I am deeply frustrated that you have made this change,

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  7. Ability to delete a summary from Search History.

    Often a search proves fruitless or (as often in my case) I misspell a key word, yet the search remains in Search History. These searches need to be deleted before my Search History becomes unmanageable.

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  8. Better searches

    How is it I can find an article with an exact phrase e.g. John Smith of Kendal yet when I type this exact phrase in the exact order in the search box the article with this exact phrase isn't the first article or infact any of the articles on the search results? Useless, I know theres a alot of articles of interst but the search engine isnt good enough to let me find them, this is frustrating!!

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  9. search terms to be within the same article

    Option to use search words where all words are only found in the same article and not on the whole page

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  10. 15 votes
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  11. Go directly to a particular page in a saved search

    My actress ancestor has 75 pages of results , but when I go back to the saved search, I can't go straight to where I left off before (say page 54). I have to go to page 10, then 20,and so on,up to 50, then forward 4 singly, waiting ages for each page of results to load.(Tedious).We should be able to go directly to a specific page.

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  12. Get alerts - Individual paper updates

    I would like the ability to 'subscribe' to select papers. What this means is that I will be notified by email or message if my selected papers are updated with new issues, and notified which editions have been added. It would save logging in daily to see if the papers we are interested in have been updated and then trying to work out which issues.

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  13. Use Google OCR and resubmit all pages through it.

    Using Google OCR gives an almost flawless image to text conversion. I think you are using the hopeless Tesseract. I suggest you collaborate with Google, and resubmit all the pages already done, the improvements will be enormous. As an example the Keith Waterhouse column in Daily Mirror 19780810 page 8, gives an utter garbled output. The first section that comes out of Google OCR without any manual corrections is.
    My hit that missed..
    THAT splendid actor Jack Hedley, in an interview about the making of the BBC serial "Who Pays the

    Ferryman?" tells of the mysterious influence that…

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  14. 13 votes
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  15. API access for members

    API access for developers

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  16. I frequently wish to search for a particular address, such as 114a

    I frequently wish to search for a particular address, such as "114A East Street". Even when doing an advanced search for that particular string of characters, I am offered thousands of false hits that may contain the word "a". Is there a way I can tell the search engine I really, really mean that particular string of characters ONLY. Clicking the "Exact search" box does nothing to help.

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  17. Remember my 'Sort results by' choice

    I would like 'Sort results by' to be 'sticky'. I nearly always select 'Date (earliest)' but have to keep resetting after it goes back to 'Relevance'

    Why is this text entry box only postage stamp size?

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  18. Filter by more than one region

    Filter results by more than one region. Events in the Southeast are likely to be in Southeast or London Papers

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  19. ...just better searching please.

    Make the search better. I often search on a group of words and despite using the advanced search function and putting the phrase into the correct field it doesn't always work correctly.

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  20. Save queries for future use

    I have been using the archive to carry out historical research. I would like to be able to save my query so that I can modify it from day to day - for example, I may only be interested in a particular date range and newspapers from a particular area so if I could store the query then it could act as a basis for searching for particular words or phrases without having to key in the dates and titles again.

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