In response to your requests to limit search results to more relevant date ranges, Ancestry.com has added a new feature that automatically limits your search results to the years you specify for birth and death, helping you to locate your ancestors faster.Â
ItÂ includes a “fudge factor” of five years before and two years after. If you only specify a birth year it will search for 100 years after that date; if you only enter a death year it will search for 100 years before that date. So, if you enter a birth year of 1901 and a death year of 1929, the search engine will return records between 1896 and 1931. If you put in a death year of 1920, but no birth year, the search engine will return records from between 1815 and 1922.
To learn more, read Anne Mitchellâ€™s post on the Ancestry.com blog.
And There’s More
Soon, Ancestry.com will be launching new site navigation to help you get where you need with fewer clicks. Drop-down menus are being added to the familiar tab navigation bar, allowing you to go directly to one of your trees, search a specific collection, or visit message boards with just one click–from anywhere on the site. You’ll also be able access a list of your favorite Ancestry.com pages and your to-do list from a new â€œFavoritesâ€ link that can be accessed with one click anywhere on the site. Click here to learn more about the navigation improvements.