Articles About Searching for Records

Reminder about tonight’s webinar on Search Strategies

Posted by on October 14, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Hi Everyone, I’d like to remind everybody that we will be running a free webinar on the best Strategies for Searching this evening at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar is designed for beginning to intermediate members of To attend the webinar, please register here. We’re delighted that we already have more… Read more

Best Strategies for Searching

Posted by Laura Dansbury on October 7, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Hello everyone, The search team is excited about our free online webinar about searching on October 14th at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. In this webinar, we will show you the best strategies for searching’s thousands of databases. Improving your search strategies will help you to find more information about your ancestors. It… Read more

Searching for Hospital Records

Posted by Juliana Smith on September 18, 2009 in Content, Searching for Records

I received the following question this week and thought I’d share what I found here on the blog. My husband’s grandmother died in Central Islip State Hospital in New York City in 1925. The hospital is now closed and the records apparently have been move to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. We would like to get more… Read more

Some updates on the enhanced image page.

More data collections launched with the enhanced image page We launched more data collections in the new enhanced image viewer yesterday. Here is the list of data collections that are currently available in the new format: 1871 Census of Canada 1870 United States Federal Census 1871 Wales Census 1871 England Census 1871 Isle of Man… Read more

Updates to the enhanced image page

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 3, 2009 in Searching for Records

New vs Old Search I know this isn’t really about the enhanced image page, but some of you have ended up in in the New Search interface and would like to go back to old. If at the top of the search homepage you see this:

Tips on using the enhanced image page

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 30, 2009 in Searching for Records

If you haven’t seen the enhanced image page yet, you can take a look at this image from the US 1860 census. And to get you started with the basics, here are a few tips. Viewing just the image If you want to view just the image, click on the link. Until you click the… Read more

Enhanced Editing and Image Page

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 28, 2009 in Searching for Records

Tomorrow, July 29th, we are launching two enhancements. The first is enhanced editing of index data, and the second is an enhanced version of the image page. Enhanced editing One of the most frequent requests from our members is to have the ability to add alternates to more than just given names and surnames. The… Read more

Coming soon: enhancements to the image page

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 25, 2009 in Searching for Records

We have been working on a few enhancements for the image page to make it easier for you to read what is on the page, and then to add your own knowledge about your ancestors to our indexes. Here’s a preview (click the image to see a larger version): First, we’ve added some tools to… Read more

Latest on lifespan filtering

Note: For those of you who love the old search, it is still there. You can get to it by clicking “Old Search” in the tan bar on top of the search pages or here: Old Search. Old Search has always been there. The lifespan filter was applied to both and other than that we… Read more

More relevant search results are coming this Wednesday

There is a long list of things we want to improve in search (and in new search in particular) – and we’ve started with what you’ve told us is the most important – getting relevant results; and relevance is our top priority this year in search. And date relevance seems to be the most requested… Read more

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