Articles About Searching for Records Search: New way to add Family Members to your search

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making a number of changes to the new search forms. We hope to make searches more flexible, and in response to your feedback we have improved some searches that were hard to do. You can get a sneak preview of some of these at the search update guided… Read more

Updated new search homepage, place pages, recent searches & recently viewed collections

We listened to your feedback and we are updating our search pages (New Search only). We gathered input from members through many sources and consolidated your feedback. Based on your feedback, new search pages will have improved navigation, maps, shortcuts to your favorite data collections, easier access to recent searches, and more browsing options.

Ancestry search: Intermittent problems with place type-ahead

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 11, 2010 in Searching for Records

We are currently experience intermittent delays in the place type-ahead and are working on the issue. We appreciate your patience.

New search category pages

With feedback and beta testing from members, we’re working on updates to many areas of search. Our newest update enhances the category pages.  The forms themselves on the category pages haven’t changed and will continue to work in the familiar way.  But we’ve made several enhancements in the content surrounding the forms.  The new features you’ll see… Read more

Ancestry Search: Name and Place Filters coming to New Advanced Search this week!

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 20, 2010 in Searching for Records

This year one of the things we are focusing on is adding new ways for you to control what’s returned in your search results. Over the past few months, we have already launched improvements to wildcards, Collection Filters, and Record Type Filters Earlier today Tony Macklin announced that we will be launching a tour to give… Read more

Preview of Changes to Search

Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

We’ve been working on some changes to search, and want to give you a preview before it’s finalized, so we’ve created a small guided tour. First of all, I’d like to say thanks to all of you who have put time into helping us, posting to your feedback on the blogs, on our message boards,… Read more

New filtering options coming to new search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 24, 2010 in Searching for Records

You’ve been asking for better ways to control your results. Over the next couple of months, we will be launching two new sets of filters in new search. One will be a name filter, with specific options for first and last names, and the other will be a place filter. Here’s a quick preview: Name… Read more

Updated Groups Page Design & Formatting

Posted by Laura Dansbury on February 23, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

We have updated our group pages to be more useful and efficient for new and experienced members. These group pages can help you quickly find individual data collections that share a common characteristic such as census records from a single country.   For example, you can access all the US Federal Censuses from the US Federal… Read more

Ancestry Search: Improved Collection Filters

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 10, 2010 in Searching for Records

As we mentioned last month, we will be launching a series of filters in new search with the aim of giving the experienced searcher a lot more control over his searches and therefore making it much easier to understand search results. Early on Thursday Feb 11, we will be launching our improved Collection Filters, which… Read more

New 1950 U.S. Census Substitute

Posted by Laura Dansbury on January 19, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

Last week we posted a new 1950 U.S. census substitute.  These records can serve as a great starting point for learning more about people who were born or grew up after the 1930 U.S. Census. To protect the privacy of living individuals, U.S. censuses are not released to the general public until 72 years after… Read more

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