|How to find an ancestor using FamilySearch.org/Search|
A search initiated on the home page of https://www.familysearch.org/search is global, meaning that it searches all historical records, including both "index-only" and "indexed with images" collections. So it is helpful to use the following search techniques to reduce the number of results returned.
BASIC SEARCH TECHNIQUE:
SEARCH BY FIRST NAMES AND LAST NAMES:
The following tips are essential for successful name searches:
1. Location--Country: This search is limited to the country entered. A drop-down list of countries appears.
2. Type: This lists the types of records you want to search. You may search multiple types.
3. Batch Number: The following tips are essential for successful batch number searches:
NOTE: If you open an item and decide to not use it, click the X associated with the event on the upper right. You do not need to delete the information from the field.
The following tips are essential for successful life event searches:
The following tips are essential for successful relationship searches:
NOTE: If you open an item and decide to not use it, click the X associated with the event in the upper right corner. You do not need to delete the information from the field.
RESET FORM: Click this option to clear the search fields.
Click Search to view results. The information that you entered for your search is listed at the top of the search results screen, along with the number of matching records. The records that match your search most closely are near the top of the list. A brown line divides the best matches from the rest of the results.
Scan your search results for records of interest to you.
If you do not see the records that you want, you can refine or filter your search results. To refine your search, try either entering more information or deleting information from your search criteria. See Document 114099 How to apply filters to your search results in Historical Records.
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