When searching in Ancestry.com, are you using the "New" search or "Old" search? Are you a diehard fan of the old search and never want to change? Do you think that the new search is a "dumbed down" search and the old search is more powerful?
Michael Hait CG has written a great blog about how powerful the new search really is, called "Using Ancestry.com's "New Search"". It's all about using the drop-down menus and using exact searches. His blog has great instruction and wonderful images showing exactly what he is describing.
I use the new search, mostly because my Ancestry opened up in that mode. I rarely begin searching from the opening screen, however, but rather begin by picking the database from which I want to search, for example, the 1930 census, or the California Death Index. But I learned quite a bit about searching now from this opening screen by focusing my search to particular databases, or types of databases, and by using the "advanced search" form instead of the default one.
Check out Michael's blog and try some of his suggestions. You might find you like the "new" search much better!
 Using Ancestry.com’s “New Search”, Michael Hait, CG(sm), posted June 19, 2012, Planting the Seeds blog, http://michaelhait.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/new-search/.
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