I'm a bit befuddled by the search mechanism on genealogy.com.
Since there are three blanks for first, middle, and last names, I was assuming that putting in the middle name would narrow the search greatly -- would narrow it too much perhaps.But apparently it doesn't narrow it at all.If I put "Alfred Moore Stanley" into those three blanks, I will find a zillion hits -- of Alfred O. Stanley, Alfred Stanley, Alfred Quasimodo Stanley, etc. etc.If I had wanted all those names, I would have left the middle name blank.
Then I try "advanced search" and see that I can narrow it by something like the state of birth or death.So I do that, putting in "Louisiana" for the state of death.And I pop up a gazillion people by that name who died in Massachusetts, Indiana, etc. etc. etc.
And then there are all those ridiculous phone-book hits.I know how to use www.switchboard.com -- which is free.
Another oddity (odd because I'm obviously spoiled by the very good search mechanism on ancestry.com) is that if I enter just a last name and a state, I get nothing but screen after screen of first names to choose from.I don't want to choose a first name.I want to see hits for all Stanleys in Mississippi during certain years.Oops.I forgot.I don't think genealogy.com knows about searches that involve certain spans of years.
So am I just doing something wrong?I've been using genealogy.com for a couple of weeks now but am finding that I'm using it less and less and less because it strikes me as extremely inefficient.Maybe I just don't get it.