"We have taken a step closer to the elusive genealogy “easy button.”
I wanted to see how this feature works, so I am going to use one of my tree persons, Nicholas Brocke (1855-1938) to see what records are found by each website.
1) Here is the Nicholas Brocke profile (selected semi-randomly) in the FamilySearch Family Tree (two screens shown):
As you can see, the list of the four websites is on the right side of the page in the "Search Records" box.
2) I clicked on the link to search FamilySearch. The results page for Nicholas Brocke, on the "Records" tab, looks like this (two screens shown) with all of the search fields expanded:
For this search, FamilySearch filled in these fields:
* First Name = Nicholas (not exact)
* Last Name = Brocke (not exact)
* Birthplace = Michigan (not exact)
* Birth Year = 1853 to 1857
3) The matches on the list of 289 matches that I believe are for Nicholas Brocke (1855-1938) include:
* #1 1900 U.S. Census
* #2 1870 U.S. Census
* #3 1930 U.S. Census
* #4 1920 U.S. Census
* #5 1910 U.S. Census
* #13 Idaho Death Certificate for son
That's it. The other 284 results are for persons other than Nicholas Brocke (1855-1938) born in Michigan, married to Anna Grieser, died in Idaho.
Note that the search on FamilySearch did not find a birth record, a baptism record, a marriage record, a death record, a burial record, or an 1880 U.S. census record.
Obviously, any search depends on the information put into the search fields and the name variations used in the search algorithms. There may be other records for this person on FamilySearch that have different name spellings, different birth information, etc. For instance, there are three "Record Hints" section of the person profile - all of them are for the birth of children to Nicolao and Anna (Grieser) Brocke. Why weren't these listed in the Search results?
The search could be narrowed by adding a death year and place, a spouse's name, etc. I didn't do this because I wanted to see whaq the link to search FamilySearch provides.
4) I will review the search results for Ancestry.com in the next post in this series.
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