How can I get better search results in SuperSearch?

The initial list of search results that displays gives you a good starting place, but is not the end list.

You will have greater success if you don't stop narrowing your search on the initial page of search results. The search engine is designed to give you a large pool of records initially and allow you to further filter that initial page of results to best fit your ancestor. So don't despair if the initial search does not seem to yield useful research leads or if the list includes more results than it is humanly possible to review individually.

Built into SuperSearch are several tools to organize and filter the initial page search results.

In the left hand margin is a list of details about the first page of search results, notice the "Narrow down by category". All of the record categories for which results are found are listed in the left margin here. If you are looking for a birth date, click on the Birth, Marriage, and Death category to limit the results to vital records. That done, you will see that there are sub-categories to further specify the results. Select Birth & Baptism records and see the results narrow to only birth and baptism records. This filtering allows you to get down as specific as "Marshall County, Kentucky, Birth Records, 1852 - 1859, 1861" or "UK Parish Baptisms" for example.

If for the ancestor you are researching you have the birth record, but you are curious about the who, when and where of their life or you just don't know what to look for first the second filtering tool may better serve your needs. To learn more about this ancestor scroll down and you will find below the record category filter is filter tool labeled "Refine your search by:" First name, Last name, Birth year, Birth place, Father name, and Mother name. Clicking on First name will give you a list of various spellings or first name/middle name combinations that were returned by the search inputs. Select the most relevant listing and see the list of search results narrow automatically to include only that selection. You can go back and clear the selection to get the original pool of records or try out different filters options.

Lastly, notice that the view of the records in the top right corner can be set to "Results" or to "Summary". The default view displays the list in Results format. Switching the view of the search results list to Summary view lets me to scroll through the results and find the collections that relate to my research question quickly This bypasses the need to search through a list of names when I know just what I want to find.

I hope that this is helpful and gives you the tips and insight needed to use this unique research tool. The collection includes over 6 billion historical records and is constantly expanding, but it is possible that your family is not yet listed in our records. This is why we provide a free trial period and a money back guarantee for users to try out our collections.