FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page – September 18, 2020

I saw this today on FamilySearch – FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page: A lot more information on the article.

September 18, 2020  – by  Diane Sagers


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.


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 minor difference in dates, 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.


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.


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. 


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