You can see how it works by watching a short YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3161EKOVlQ or click it below:
The Research tab at MyHeritage is http://www.myheritage.com/research. The page looks like this:
The search form is the basic form, and has only fields for first name, last name, year of birth, place, and keywords. I did a search for John Richman born about 1790 with a place name of Hilperton and received over 220,000 results:
Whoa!! That's too many to look through. My particular John Richman may be in those listings, but...I'm not going to spend time looking. There is a link that says I have 101 matches in the UK collections (which is useful, because my John Richman resided in Wilshire!).
I went back to the Research page and clicked on the "Advanced Search" link and added a range of plus/minus 5 years to the birth year:
The number of matches for John Richman was reduced to just over 2,000 matches, including 105 from the UK collections:
Almost all of the first 20 matches on the page are for John Richman persons in MyHeritage trees, including several for the John Richman that I am searching for.
I clicked on the UK Collections link, since that is what I really want to explore. The list of collections with matches are listed:
In the 1841 UK Census (actually England and Wales, right?) I found my John Richman in Hilperton, Wiltshire - the record shows (two screens):
The person summary is above the census page image (which can be zoomed in/out, or panned), and the list of household members is below the image.
After considerable checking, I found that inputting an English county in the Place or Residence search fields doesn't work - only a town or parish name works. In the search above, my guy was not listed as "John" but as "Jno" and he was not found as "John." It is not clear to me if the Advanced Search fields are matched as "Exact" or "Soundex." Perhaps someone more knowledgeable will comment.
I also found that these searches work from within the free Family Tree Builder 6.0 software program.
Please note that, unless you have a WorldVitalRecords subscription, you will not see historical record collection matches, unless the collection is freely available (e.g., Find-A-Grave, or the 1940 U.S. Census - but only two states have any index at this time). It appears that, if you do not have a MyHeritage subscription, that you cannot see the MyHeritage tree entries (I was told that previously you could see them, but I don't have an independent recollection of that).
Disclosure: I have a complimentary WorldVitalRecords.com subscription, and a complimentary MyHeritage Plus subscription. The gifts I have received from both organizations have not affected my objective review of these sites.
The URL for this post is: http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/06/supersearch-introduced-on-myheritagecom.html
Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver