Search improvements

How can we improve the way you find and search our newspapers?

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. 2 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Gaps in runs

      Flag any missing editions (gaps in the collection) when you search a run of dates of a particular paper.

      3 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • I've made suggestions before, though without feedback or apparent listening.

        The Athenaeum

        The Literary Gazette

        It would be useful to nighthawks like me if you could provide a way which helps us distinguish exactly what has been added overnight. It would also be interesting to have some idea about policy for adding entire newspapers, once the odd year or two have been posted. It can sometimes be very frustrating just to have such tiny windows into particular localities, then have to wait months, if not years, before further years suddenly appear.

        6 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Better Search Tool

          A better search tool is required. Today I have done an advances search for 1 street in a town and received almost 77,000 matches. There is no way all of these relate to the street and town I am searching for, the most relevant match relates to a birth in Cornwall whereas I'm looking for information on a street in a town in Scotland and it is impossible to wade through all of these matches.

          7 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • ...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.

            12 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Better OCR

              Improve your character-recognition software: it really needs to recognise a long 's' .

              2 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 8 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Searching results in multiple pages highlighted

                  It is very frustrating when I search for some thing and the results flag up pages 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 etc in the one newspaper. Wading through every page to find what the summary result indicates 'should' be there takes hours. The highlighted search terms are very small and not that obvious. A tiny blue box on a large page is very hard to find sometimes.

                  4 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Selecting Dates

                    Make it easier to go to a required year rather than having to scroll through all years, and set the 'To' year for the publication date to the year specified in 'From' field thus reduce the amount of scrolling needed.

                    3 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      21 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        3 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Want to be able to correct OCR text in FMP

                        Ability to correct text from within find my past

                        1 vote
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improved subject/person indexing

                          Improved indexing of subjects / prople in pages/editions

                          1 vote
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            14 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • After displaying (or downloading) a page , can that and the other pages seen be marked as such when returning to the results page.

                              After displaying (or downloading) a page , can that and the other pages seen be marked as such when returning to the results page.

                              2 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Weather

                                I'd love to be able to filter results by weather reports. I'm often trying to find what the weather might have been like on a specific day in a specific place - i.e was March 3rd 1922 war, cloudy, rainy, etc - so maybe results could be filtered to show just those columns and/or pages which have that weather info. It really helps give an extra touch of authenticity touch when writing up historic events. If it's possible to filter by advertisements, then why not weather?

                                1 vote
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Yesterday's Additions

                                  additions yesterday

                                  0 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Search options

                                    It might be difficult but I would like to see you introduce proximity searches, such as word x within so many words of word y.

                                    4 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Better Drop Down Menus

                                      Better drop down years. If you put 1914 in the first drop down menus the system should default to 1914 in the second

                                      1 vote
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • List titles added the last 30 days in chronological order, not alphabetical

                                        If the newspaper titles added during the last 30 days were listed in chronological order, rather than alphabetical, it would be a lot easier to keep track of titles being added from day to day. As it is now, that's almost impossible.

                                        8 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Search facility

                                          At the moment search facility is only available for publication place or county (or title). By selecting one place or county in a area you are limiting your search and by not selecting a place you could end up with numerous entries to wade through. Would it be possible to add a facility for country ie Scotland, England etc. Sometimes the closest newspaper to the issue did not provide the best article.

                                          8 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            1 comment  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Search improvements

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base