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Ancestry Search: Controlling your results with filters

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 12, 2010 in Searching for Records

We believe that 2010 is going to be an exciting year for Search at As you know, we launched expanded wild card functionality at the beginning of this year. But that was only the start of things to come. Having spent much of last year listening to what you wanted, we will be launching… Read more

Ancestry Search: Improved Wildcard flexibility

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 4, 2010 in Searching for Records

Improved Wildcard flexibility has been one of the our most requested feature updates. So to start out 2010 on a happy note, we’ve updated our wildcard functionality. Previously, you had to use three characters and then either a * or a ?. We’ve made a few changes: Now you can put a wildcard first, such… Read more

Improved Data Collection Search Pages

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 15, 2009 in Searching for Records

Over the coming months, we’re going to be looking closely at a number of aspects of Search, and listening to your feedback to improve them where appropriate. In particular we’ve heard that you want to have more control over how you search and browse into our data collections. Tomorrow, December 16th, we’ll be launching the… Read more

Saving Records and Images

Posted by Laura Dansbury on December 11, 2009 in Searching for Records

Hello Everyone,

I think it is time for a quick review on saving images and records and using the shoebox. I’ve seen some questions on where the shoebox is located and if you can save images to your thumb drive. So let’s review the saving methods on

Enhanced U.S. Census Collection

Posted by Heather Erickson on December 10, 2009 in Content, Digitization, Searching for Records

In a survey of members last year, top on your wish list was improved images for U.S. Federal Censuses. As you know, the U.S. Censuses are one of the richest sources of information for family history searches. So, improving this collection has been a top priority at throughout 2009. We’ve enhanced six new… Read more

Video: Behind the Scenes at

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at Take a look at the people and thinking behind our company and how helps you easily discover your story online.

State and Country Pages in Old Search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 18, 2009 in Searching for Records

Currently the State and Country Pages in old search (the pages you get to when you click on the maps on the search home page) are not listing data collections as they usually do. We are aware of the problem and are working on fixing it quickly. Both old and new search are working correctly,… Read more

Refine your searches in fewer steps in new search

After listening, researching and testing with members, we decided to make the hot key experience in new search the default method for refining searches. (Note: I got my dates wrong, it’s Tuesday, November 10th…so just a little more waiting.) This change will happen on Monday, November 9th, sometime during the day. The information you enter… Read more

Card Catalog questions from the October 2009 Search Webinar

Posted by Laura Dansbury on November 2, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Thank you for your participation in the search strategies webinar. We had a wonderful turnout with thousands of comments and questions. We answered as many questions as time allowed. We have a list of the questions asked during the webinar and we’ll be posting answers to the most popular questions and topic areas.

There were many questions about the card catalog and about topics that can be researched using the card catalog.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the search webinar

Posted by on October 16, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Hi everyone Thanks to those who joined us for the Search webinar on Wednesday. We had more than 10,700 members registered for the event, which is a record ever for We also appreciate all of the great questions. In total, we had over 1,500, so unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to address these all… Read more

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