Using Ranked Search at Ancestry.com

by George G. Morgan 

Ancestry.com allows you many search options to find your ancestors. Two of the most important are the Ranked Search and the Exact Search. These are options that are found as tabs at the top of many of the search templates, or boxes, throughout the Ancestry.com site.

The Ranked Search helps you locate data about your ancestors quickly and easily by bringing up the best possible matches first in your list of search results. Performing a Ranked Search also gives you the option of specifying a date and place of birth and/or a date and place of death in your search. The search results page shows the most relevant matches from all of the Ancestry databases on the initial search results page, including basic information about birth, marriage, and death events as well as other possible matches. Continue reading