Search - Too Many Results?

by Admin

Posted on November 13, 2017

Too Many Results to Look Through? 

If you are looking for someone with a relatively common name, you may have a large number of results to look through. Adding more details to your search will give you more relevant results at the top, but will not reduce the number of results that you receive.

Remember that the most relevant results will always be at the top. Archives includes search results expanded beyond your search criteria so that can see possible name misspellings or nearby locations in your search results, but if you start to see results that aren't close to what you're looking for, try refining your search. 

Solution: Narrow Your Results 

1. Use the filters to narrow results by location, date, or record type.

Using the filters on the left side of the page, you can limit your search results to records that meet that meet the selected criteria. You can limit results by location using countries, states, counties, and cities/towns and you can limit results by centuries, decades, and years. Please note when limiting results by location that some small town names have changed over the years, so limiting your results by county might be the best way to find what you are looking for. 



2. Try limiting names to exact results only.

Check the boxes in the first and last name fields to receive only results that match that name exactly. Please note that you will not receive results that contain possible misspellings or nicknames in your search results. 



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