Sunday, May 3, 2009


New Search Feature Brings Better Results
You asked us to limit your search results to more relevant date ranges, so we did. Our new feature automatically limits your search results to the years you specify for birth and death, helping you to locate your ancestors faster.We’ll include a “fudge factor” of five years before and two years after. If you only specify a birth year we’ll search for 100 years after that date; if you only enter a death year we’ll 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 Mitchell’s post on the blog.

And there’s more!Soon, will also be launching a 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 to access a list of your favorite pages and your to–do list from a new “Favorites” link that can also be accessed with one click anywhere on the site.

Click here to learn more about the navigation improvements.


The above reprinted with permission from The Weekly Discovery, copyright 2009, The Generations Network, Inc.

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