2 Less is more

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BRICK WALLS -

You might have thought that en­ter­ing ev­ery­thing you know about some­one into the search fields of a fam­ily his­tory web­site would be the best way to flush out all of the records held on them, but this is not al­ways true. The more de­tails you put in, the more the web­site’s al­go­rithm will pri­ori­tise those facts. For ex­am­ple if you in­clude year of death in your search, then records that in­clude that will be bumped up higher in the re­sults. Play around with what you en­ter and what you leave out. Each time you will get dif­fer­ent re­sults, and there may be a per­fect com­bi­na­tion that helps you find what you are look­ing for.

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