Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

We have records from many countries, but sometimes you just want one.  Here is a quick fix for that.

Collection Priority

At the bottom of the advanced search form, you will see a box labeled Collection Priority:


Change “All Collections” to the country or record type you are after.


Then check the “Show only records from these collections” and then do your search.  And we will only show you records from that country.


Beware of “sticky” options

These features are what we call “sticky” because they stick until you change them.  To make them stick, set whatever your options you want and then do a search.  Next search, these options will be the same, until you reset and search.

Happy Searching!

Ancestry Anne


Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.