Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Ancestry.com search feature, explained well

I received an email from Ancestry.com that has a great explaniation of their new search feature:

"Up until now, if you searched for someone living in the early 1800s, for example, you might still get search results for someone on the 1930 census or other 1900-era records, if other information, such as the name, matched.

Now, we've added a new feature that automatically limits your search results to the years you specify for birth and death, with 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.

We are very excited about this new feature which shows more relevant results. Now it's easier than ever to discover your family story."

This actually makes me pretty excited about the new feature.

2 comments:

Richard said...

Sounds great doesn't it? sadly, in the process of sorting out years, they've mucked up the searching by geographical location so the years become meaningless. I've logged a call with them to ask about it but 10 days later they haven't bothered to reply.

Kevin Lett said...

Let me know if they ever respond. I have been so busy lately that I have not played with the new feature. Has it improved in the last few weeks that you know of?