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New Search Filters in FamilySearch.org

From the Family Search Blog — January 1, 2011 – 3:52pm by VanWagenenL

Looking for genealogical online records can be like looking for needle in a haystack. Which haystack do you search? Which part of the haystack should I look in first? We’ve just released our first version of a new filtering feature.

Many of you have commented that you like the way Record Search works. It supports a two-part search strategy.

  1. To figure out which haystack to search, you enter names, dates, places, and relationships.
  2. You analyze your search results, then use filters to find the specific set of records to search (to pick which part of the haystack you’ll search first).

With its new filters, FamilySearch.org is now beginning to support this same strategy. After you conduct a search, you can filter your results by:

  • Birth date and place.
  • Death date and place
  • Marriage date and place
  • Residence date and place
  • Other date and place
  • Gender
  • Category (record type)

We added these filters first because they are the most popular in Record Search. We expect to add more filters later based on user feedback.

The filters are located on the left side of the list of search results. Here’s how you use them:

    1. On the search screen, enter information about the person you want to find, and click Search.
    2. Review your search results, and decide exactly what you want to find.
    3. Click the triangle that is next to the filter that you want to apply. A pop-up box listing subfilters appears.
4. Click the subfilter that you want to apply.
4. To go down another level on that subfilter (such as from the region of the world to a specific country), click the triangle that is next to the subfilter, and select what you want. [screen shot of subfilter]
5. Keep applying filters and subfilters until you have what you need.

You can select multiple filters. For example, you can filter by birth date, birthplace, gender, and category. You cannot, however, select more than one filter of the same type. For example, you cannot select more than one birthplace filter (such as Virgina and North Carolina). We are exploring adding this feature in a future release.

Your search results narrow to the matching records. The filters that you applied appear highlighted in white. To remove a filter, simply click the x that appears next to it.

Click here to us know how and whether these filters help. We also welcome your ideas for other filtering features you would like us to add. Your feedback helps us improve this feature and the rest of FamilySearch.org.

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