Search Tricks and Strategies Search Tricks and Strategies

Are Your Searches Turning Up Effective Results? has millions of records in over 37,700 record collections, so if you’re not getting the results you want when you search the site, why not try a different approach? In this week’s How to Maximize workshop, we’ll be exploring the many different ways to search effectively. Don’t miss your chance to turn up better results by using all of the available search tools. Workshop starts Monday, April 30th, so sign up today!

Search Strategically

Review Your Search Strategies

Do you know when to do a simple search vs. an advanced search? Are you using wildcards? There are plenty of options when searching and sometimes, a change in one of those fields will turn up a plethora of new results. In the video presentation, Essential Search Strategies, instructor Nancy Hendrickson demonstrates several tricks for taking a strategic approach to your searches.

Research the Card Catalog

There are times when you want to do a general search but other times, you’re looking for a specific record or record type.’s Card Catalog not only lets you search specific collections, you can also learn about the scope of the collections, the details they include and their historical background. Some even offer tips on searching them, so they can save you a lot of time and effort. Learn more about the collections in Explore Collections presentation in the workshop.

Can You Take a Hint?

Hints can be incredibly handy, but you have to explore them closely to ensure they match the ancestors you’re researching. Did you know that there are steps you can take to improve the quality of the hints you’re getting? In the presentation, Master Hints, you’ll learn how hints work and how to create a family tree designed for successful hints, as well as what to do with them once you get them. Sign up for the workshop to learn more.

Explore All the Possibilities

“Wonderful course. I can’t wait to start in with all these new ideas of how to find information. I am sure this will help with my difficult to track down ancestors.” – Deborah S.
There are seven video presentations, along with some articles and a discussion board for you to ask questions of your instructor, Nancy Hendrickson, and get answers throughout the week. Sign up today!
In this workshop, get 7 video presentations showing how you can search the site effectively.

Meet Your Instructor Search tricksNancy Hendrickson, author of numerous non-fiction books, and over 300 magazine and newsletter articles, is a Contributing Editor for Family Tree Magazine and a course developer and instructor at Family Tree University. She is an expert in using the internet for genealogy research, and the author of The Unofficial Guide to and The Unofficial Guide to Workbook.

Nancy’s interest in preserving family history began in childhood, with family stories of wagon trains, Civil War battles, Indians, and prairie fires. Since that time, Nancy has been an avid genealogy researcher, photographic archivist of the frontier west, and family history book consultant.

A professional writer and historical researcher, Nancy helps family tree enthusiasts track down the fascinating tidbits about the times in which their ancestors lived. Find out more at

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