Tuesday, January 25, 2005

KEYWORDS AREN'T JUST FOR CATALOGS

As Sherry Irvine states in her article "As the Records Show" in the
January 20, 2005 edition of the ADN, "Keyword Searches Aren't Just
for Catalogs."

I found that I was, using the keyword field only, searching for the
quoted date of the wedding ("01 Feb 1896") and the county, quite
often, and finding all records, irregardless of the spelling of the
names. Since then, Ancestry.com has added the Date and County as
options to the search (at least in the Indiana Marriages Database--
http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=4717&key=D5059),
but occasionally, it is still helpful to narrow the search for
couples, using one of the last names (normally the groom's) in the
Last Name field, and the other's (usually the bride's) first name in
the keyword field. While my experience is mostly in the Indiana
Marriages database, I have used the same technique in other states'
marriage records.

I have also found that a "keyword only search" also works in many of
the other databases, sometimes better than the selected field search.

Bill Sanders

from
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ANCESTRY QUICK TIP JAMBOREE
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Your Daily Dose of Genealogy for 25 January 2005
** You can view this issue of the "Ancestry Daily News" online **
http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A958101

to which I will add in England and Wales 1881 census
you may use addresses and occuaptions as keywords too,
just like on the free text search on the CD set
the so called Neighbours Advanced Search.

http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Census Records & Images



1881 England
1881 Wales

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