It is MOST difficult to find a person for me, I put the names, birth, death, marriage, location in the search form and am served HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of names with NO rational order that might allow me to not have to plow through all of them in search of that well defind person.
Searching for me is the example, I've lived in one place for 30 years , in the area for more decades, have had a security clearance for around 60 years so should be easy to find all about me! How do you 'seasoned' members do it??
To be honest I do not use it. Tried it a couple of times without much success. I found a couple of relatives in the English Births, Deaths and Marriages, and some nice detail about someone in the United States. It could be quite helpful for Americans; but what it needs is some parameters I can set, the first one being, DO NOT (unless I specially ask) tell me about people in the USA. Each time I tried to search I got hundreds of American entries and none or almost none for my own country, Australia. If the program is improved so that you can at least select a country it might be useful, otherwise, I just can't spare the time.
This is not a new message thread but have to add my heartfelt agreement.
The flood of American data completely ruins this feature and setting birthplace and death location etc makes no difference.
Sometimes I will do the search, then skip to about page 15 because from that point non-Americans start appearing.
It can help to search only within MyHeritage trees too, but you need a fairly unique name.
I paid so much money for the full data subscription, too, and I've never been able to use it. Not once in the last year has it located information about an individual from my tree other than coming against the 'WorldVitalRecords' subscription payment page.
Geoff, you are 100% correct: the parameter we need is, 'Exclude American Data', then everything else might be worth looking through.
Still hoping MyHeritage are working on this issue, could be a very nice feature when fully functional.