Tips for Searching the Online Data Library
- When you search the Online Data Library, you are searching the following:
- Genealogy Library
- World Family Tree
- U.S. Census
- International & Passenger Records
- Family & Local Histories
- Internet pages related to genealogy
- Genealogy.com Data on CD-ROM
- A surname is the only required information when you search the Online
Data Library. If you choose to fill out additional fields, all matches
will contain the last name, but may not include additional information
that you enter.
- If you are searching on a very common surname, such as Smith, you
should enter a first name as well to reduce the time it takes to search.
- Wildcards, such as * and ? are not allowed.
- Be sure to look at matches that are ranked with fewer stars. Those
with more stars often contain more data and therefore allow us to
be more sure of the match. Those with fewer stars often contain less
data, so we are less certain of the match, but may be the key to finding
- Genealogy Library subscribers may also search Family Books only.
Searching on Locations
- For U.S. states, you can use abbreviations, such as "IL"
for "Illinois". Be sure to capitalize both letters when
you use abbreviations.
- When you include a U.S. state in your search, matches will include
records from cities and counties in that state. For example, if you
type "IL", your matches would also include records from
Chicago, Illinois and Cook County, Illinois. If you include a county
in your search, matches will include records from cities in that county.
Too Many or Too Few Matches
- If you receive too many matches, try filling in additional fields
to eliminate some of the possible matches. If a Family Archive does
not contain the additional fields that you fill in, matches from that
Family Archive will not be excluded.
- If you receive too few matches, try searching on fewer fields, such
as only the last name.