Ancestry.com activated new search filters in its New Search, giving you more options for what kind of matches you want—and, the site’s developers hope, appease those who’ve stayed steadfastly loyal to the Old Search.
The filters replace the Exact search boxes for the first name, last name and location fields. You can choose the exact filter (same as checking the Exact box) and a number of other options that differ depending on what goes into the search field. Here’s a look:
• The First and Middle name filter offers these options:
If you choose “Restrict to Exact Matches,” you also can choose one or more of the filters below it, but you don’t have to. The default setting searches as though you checked all the filters, and it returns records without matching first names but with strong matches on other information.
• The Last name filter offers these options:
Previously, a Soundex-only search option was missing from the New Search (causing many members to stick with the Old Search). The default setting here searches as though you checked all the filters.
• When the location field is empty, its filter offers these options:
The default setting applies no filters for the location field.
• When you type a place in the location field, the filter changes to let you search for results in adjacent counties or states:
Here, too, the default setting applies no filter, and results are ranked according to how closely they match your location.
The filters haven’t been added to the Old Search, so make sure you’re in the New Search if you want to use them. Once you get a chance to try them out, let us know what you think.