Ancestry Search: Searching using Birth, Death and other Life Events

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 16, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

Over the course of this year, we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to your comments and suggestions. We’ve added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members. You’ll find we’ve modifed the search forms just a bit to make entering… Read more

Issues with US 1850, 1860 Census and UK 1871 census.

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 4, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records, Site Status

We are aware of the issues with the US 1850 and 1860 census as well as the UK 1871 census producing strange results in search and having bad links in online trees. We are working on resolving it as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. Update: The issue has been resolved, links and… Read more

Browse the Place Pages

Posted by Laura Dansbury on August 30, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

I posted a blog about the new pages in new search a few weeks ago.  But there were so many changes that I think each one should have a dedicated post.  The location of an Ancestor’s birth or residence greatly influenced their life story.  By browsing by location, I found a book about Hopewell New… Read more Search: New way to add Family Members to your search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 12, 2010 in Searching for Records, Site Features

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

Posted by Laura Dansbury on July 13, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

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

Posted by Laura Dansbury on May 6, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

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