7. How can I obtain results for just one state?
This is a good question and there are multiple ways to go about it. I’ll show you a couple.
I’m going to pick Maryland as the state.
Method 1: State and Country Pages
If you go to the Maryland State Page. Over on the left you will find a box that looks like:
Type in a given name and a surname, and press Search. The results here will match any result where a location is Maryland. It could be a residence, a birth location, death location, or marriage location.
Method 2: Exact “Lived In (Residence)
This one is available in the new search interface. Let’s say you are doing a search for John Smith. Under Lived In (Residence) type in Maryland, USA and choose exact. (You’ll need to be in advanced options.):
This will limit your results to only records that show a John Smith with a residence of somewhere in Maryland. You can try the same for Birth or Marriage or any other location. I would recommend you not do all of these locations at once as exact, because it will only return results that exactly match those values. It is hard to find a record that shows a birth, marriage, death and residence all on the same document. So try them one at a time.
8. Is there a way to refine the search results so they are organized by date or location or some other category?
There are ways to limit the results to specific locations or specific dates, but not to organize them. See question 7 above, or question 6 in the previous post on tips on how to do this.
9. If looking for a birth is it best to put a last name in keyword?
I’ve never done this before, but I’m a big believer of trying everything you can think of. If you put a name or word into a keyword field it should try and match it anywhere in the data of the record. So if the surname is in some random unexpected data field, this could help locate it.
10. Can you search for records from the UK?
If you are on the ancestry.co.uk site, there is a check box on their homepage that allows you to do that. You must be subscribed to the UK subscription.
If you are on the ancestry.com site, you can use the tips in question 7 to search for records that have the location UK in them. Or you can use the Collection Priority feature in the new search interface to prioritize UK records. On the you will see:
Choose United Kingdom Collections and records that have been identified as being from the UK will be prioritized higher in a ranked search. You can reset this in the refine box as well:
I’ll continue to collect questions on how to do things and try and post answers on the blog from time to time.
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.