FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page

September 18, 2020  - by 
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For 125 years, the Genealogy Society of Utah and its successor, FamilySearch International, have collected genealogies submitted through earlier research programs or created by partners and other societies. These genealogies are available online in Genealogies under the Search tab on To further serve FamilySearch users, the Search options on the Genealogies search page have been updated.

Updates to the Genealogies Search Page

The landing page and results pages have been updated to make them more efficient and intuitive. The changes are summarized below.

Multiple Search Names

Rather than allowing for only a single, primary search name, it is now possible to search for alternate names a person may have used. For example, a woman’s name could be searched using her maiden and married names simultaneously.

A screenshot of genealogies showing how to search with multiple names.

Broad Searches Now the Standard

“Exact Search” check boxes no longer appear automatically by search fields. “Exact” searches limit the results to details that match input precisely—excluding records with spelling variations, indexing errors, or even place differences, often causing users to miss useful records.

However, exact searches can help narrow search results in some situations. To show the exact check boxes next to Name or Place entry fields, below the search fields, click the Show Exact Searches Fields option. Check the box next to a field to require an exact search for that field.

A screenshot of genealogies showing how to search with exact fields.

Filter Options above the List of Results

Filter options now appear above the table of results. Clicking filters opens pop-up lists with pertinent sub-options. For example, users can select from a list of countries in the Birthplace pop-up list; then, another pop-up gives locations within the selected country. Multiple filters can be applied simultaneously to narrow results. In addition, results can now be filtered by more than one value per field at the same time. For example, search results could be filtered to show only results with the death place as New York, in the United States, as well as the death place anywhere in Italy.

a screenshot showing multiple filters in genealogy.

What Is the FamilySearch Genealogies Search Page?

FamilySearch’s Genealogies is a searchable collection of completed family trees from various sources. It also includes records that were previously submitted to FamilySearch under older programs, such as Personal Ancestral File. These records are held separately from the FamilySearch Family Tree and may hold valuable clues for current research.

Genealogies also includes recorded oral genealogies from cultures that typically pass their ancestry down by word of mouth rather than in written form. 

How to Use the Genealogies Search Page

Users can find names contained on the Genealogies search page much like a search in other FamilySearch search repositories, such as Records or Catalog.

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Enter a primary name and other search criteria, such as birthplace, to look for ancestors in submitted family trees. In general, a search using just a few search fields provides a broader range of potentially applicable records. Clicking Search will display persons from trees submitted to Genealogies with matching information.

Each result provides the basic information about the person and identifies the corresponding Genealogies category. Details between different results for the same person may vary, but such details also supply clues for further research and verification.

The reliability of the records depends on the submitter of the tree. Some categories of trees, such as the Pedigree Resource File or Partner Trees, are pedigrees provided by users of or FamilySearch partners. Others, such as Community trees and Guild of One-Name Studies have usually been well curated by genealogical societies or experts.  Thus, the accuracy of the data in Genealogies varies according to the source, and all data should be validated before use.

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Genealogies Categories

The What Are Genealogies section, now on the bottom of the page, provides summaries of the types of family trees included in the categories. The FamilySearch Research Wiki also has an article that gives greater detail. The categories included are as follows:

If you haven’t tried searching for your ancestors in FamilySearch Genealogies, give it a go! You may discover something that will help you smash a research brick wall or fill in details about your family that you have never discovered before.

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  1. Has the Family tree Builder, so that I can use MacPro Catalina? I have a years subscription and a up tp now. I can’t use for months?

    1. Hi Bertha! Thank you for your question. FamilySearch is not the owner of this software. The Family Tree Builder software is a product of MyHeritage. Please reach out to MyHeritage with questions on this product. Thank you for reading the blog!

  2. I look forward to exploring your new FamilySearch Genealogies soon. Thank you for offering it. I like FamilySearch
    but it was on another site where I finally found my Great Grandparents, for whom I had been searching since 2003, via another genealogy. Plus I found the districts in Germany from where each had come. I was elated to the max!

  3. I have used Family Search for many years. The site has helped me more than any other free site / subscription site to locate and clarify information accurately. I have recommended it to many fellow amateur genealogists.
    I do find that the Family Trees are sadly often inaccurate and I do not to alter trees belonging to others.
    Previously in the “SEARCH / RECORDS” dropdown there was a numerical record with a “C” or “M” in front of the numbers which enabled searching for other records in that particular parish / location that I used successfully frequently, which I am unable to find now. Can you help me with that locating that again?
    Many thanks for all that you do.

  4. am searching for my mothers mother Ollie Pruitt born in Leflore county Oklahoma at Choctaw nation township 5 and 6

  5. I have great parents totally off the grid. Pfleiderer Probably from Europe – I have a half sister, who was adopted, only know the place of birth and adoption. Baltimore sometime in 1946 Adopted name Mary Clark Where do I start?

  6. How can I find someone to help me out on one ancestor? This would be the missing link of the mystery woman in maybe three generations

  7. Morning, I am looking for information on Petrus Frederick Trichard,especially where he was buried or a death certificate. He was born on 30.10.1819. Thank you for an outstanding program.

  8. de oudste vertegenwoordiger van mijn stamboom is Douws nicolaas ( ook vermeld als Daus nicolai) Eerste verblijfplaats Brussel maar waarschijnlijk van Engeland afkomstig . Geraak echter niet verder

    Google Translate – Dutch to English: the oldest representative of my family tree is Douws nicolaas (also mentioned as Daus nicolai) First residence Brussels but probably from England. However, don’t go any further

  9. Hello,
    The film # 008089821 is no longer available on your site []. When will it be again.

    Many Thanks

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        The link that I indicated to you announces:
        “This image is unavailable for online viewing at this time.”

        Many thanks for all that you do.