Update on the ‘New’ FreeCEN Website

The brand new FreeCEN web site went stay in July 2017 and has just lately undergone an accessibility-driven aesthetic revamp. The release of the new colour suite throughout FreeCEN (pictured beneath), FreeREG, and the brand new FreeBMD web site (FreeBMD2) at present in growth represents many months of exhausting work and dedication utilized by the Free UK Family tree Volunteer Growth Group. Nonetheless, since we unveiled what was initially often known as FreeCEN2, we have been making enhancements and including new options to boost researchers’ expertise. 

FreeCEN’s new colors and darker, extra seen textual content

What’s been improved up to now?

We knew what we wanted to enhance as a result of customers of the brand new web site have been invited to present us suggestions through a survey. A whole lot of responses got here in, with a lot of you asking for sure options that you just discover helpful in the original FreeCEN website in addition to serving to us establish bugs that we have been then in a position to repair, together with desk structure points and advertisements obscuring web page textual content.

Different work (together with modifications required for GDPR and growth of the brand new FreeBMD web site – FreeBMD2) has affected our capability to have the ability to develop a lot of the the search options you requested for on FreeCEN2. We’re now in a position to flip our consideration to those enhancements, and in the previous few weeks we have addressed one other main accessibility concern you informed us about: the previously gentle, spindly textual content on our 2nd technology search web sites is now a heavier weight. This web site (www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk) is but to bear this font change, and you may see the distinction beneath.

Comparability of new darker textual content and former ‘gentle’ textual content.

Customers usually request that we make it doable for them to have the ability to simply differentiate between the rows within the record of search outcomes, and see which information they’ve considered out of the record. This has been just lately achieved, by numbering every document/row and the phrase ‘Seen’  being displayed beneath information considered when the ‘Again to Outcomes’ button is utilized in that session (this disappears when the search is carried out once more or a brand new search is finished).

Instance of numbered rows and ‘Seen’ on considered information

What options are within the pipeline?

We’re now making the search includes a precedence on FreeCEN, and plan so as to add the flexibility to:

  • search by deal with
  • search all of a rustic
  • search with out inputting county
  • search by space/’place’
  • search by folio, web page and many others
  • search by occupation
  • search a number of census years
  • free textual content place title search

…amongst different options.

We all know a lot of you may be disillusioned that enhancements to the searches associated to position are fairly restricted. This has turned out to be a set of very complicated issues – attributable to the altering names and boundaries of the Registration Districts, the truth that Registration Districts generally cross county boundaries, the altering definition of locations corresponding to “London” during the last 250 years, and the variants of the best way locations have been spelled. Whereas we work out options, it is possible for you to to make use of a free textual content place title search which is able to assist.

Early in 2020 we launched extra filters you should utilize to refine your search of our census information. Now you can filter outcomes by:

  • Marital Standing
  • Language
  • Intercourse
  • Occupation
  • Incapacity