Did you know that there are two ways to view global search results?Â When you search all the databases at Ancestry.com, you can choose to either have them â€œSort by Relevance.â€ This gives you results from all the databases mixed together, with the results that most closely match the search criteria youâ€™ve entered at the top. This is a great way to uncover surprises in databases you might not have thought to check.
The other option is to have the results â€œSummarized by Category.â€ This will group all of the census databases together, all the vital records databases, etc.Â You can then click through each database to see the results separately. It makes it a little more time consuming, but if youâ€™re focused on searching a particular database, viewing all the hits may be helpful in refining your search. Plus, to the perpetually disorganized like me, it brings a little organization to the process that is somehow comforting.
You can switch between the various views by making your selection in the drop-down box in the upper right hand corner of the box of search results. When you perform another search it will default to the view you selected last.