Using the Updated Search Forms
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Over the next few weeks, Ancestry will be rolling out an updated search form. Some of you may already have seen it and used it. Let's take a look at what's new. First, you might notice that the search form doesn't have a link for "Advanced Search." Instead, there is a link to "Show more options." updated-search-basic Just click "Show more options" to add more items to your search. updated-search-options For a long time, we've suggested changing the "exactness" of some of your search terms to get better results. That ability hasn't gone away. Simply start typing in a name and you'll see a link appear where you can change how exact or broad you'd like it to be. The setting that appears will be the last one you used. If you want to change it, simply click and choose a different setting. updated-search-name Another change is at the bottom of the search form in the Collection section. In the previous version of the search form, you could set a priority for collections from a specific country; results from that country would come to the top, but you might also see records from other countries unless you also checked "show only from these collections. With the updated search form, when you set the country you will get records only from that country. Use the drop-down menu to select a country whose collections you'd like to get results from. You can set a country or leave it as "All Collections." Use the drop-down menu under "Collection Focus" to select a country whose collections you'd like to get results from. You can set a country or leave it as "All Collections." Anne Gillespie Mitchell has done a 5-Minute Find to walk you through the changes on the updated search form. Take a look: