Both Ancestry & FamilySearch have billions of records to search. The problem is, when you search their entire website in one general search, the results you need might be on page twenty-six, so you never see them. Here are some suggestions on how to improve your results!

Search Strategies

“Less is More”- a principle for database searches:

  • If you enter too much information, the search engine won’t be able to find it all in one record so you get few or no results.

  • When you search, make sure you only include facts that would be on the record you hope to find.

Have a specific question in mind

  • Searching for a specific record, such as marriage record for an ancesto...

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