FamilySearch's Search Feature Has Been Improved

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In an ongoing effort to make your search experiences easier and more productive, we have improved some of the search features within FamilySearch. The latest feature changes include:

  • Displaying the person's role within the search results
  • Restricting searches by second-level jurisdiction
  • Providing more data when a record is copied into a person's source file

Display the person’s role in the search results.

Our search will find a person’s name, regardless of whether the name being searched is the primary person in the record. The name you entered in your search might be found as a father, mother, spouse, or child on the record instead of the primary person.

To help users quickly determine the role of the matched person on the record, we are now showing that role immediately below the name in the first column. If the person is primary on the record no role is shown. In the case of census record, where everyone is primary, the relationship to the head of household is shown.




Restrict searches by second-level jurisdictions.

During a search, you can now enter a country, and then further clarify your search by selecting that country’s second-level jurisdiction, such as the state, province, etc. Search will only return results from records that originate from that location or whose primary event took place in that location.



More data when you copy a person’s details record.

When you find a historical record of interest, you can copy the person’s details from the index into a file by clicking the Copy symbol. Previously, this gave you the vital data about the person. Now you also get a citation, accessed date, URL, and household/relationship information.


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