Full-Text Search: Genealogy Game Changer

Geoff Rasmussen
Mar 11, 2024
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Searching for your ancestor in unindexed records is now possible thanks to the new Full-Text Search. Join Geoff Rasmussen for a brief demo of what he found during his first uses of this new tool from FamilySearch Labs.

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Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is th
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  1. MC
    Matthew Cross
    1 month ago

    Have you tried this with your John Williams, Geoff?

  2. JC
    Jamie Combs
    2 months ago

    Thank you!! I just found a BIG clue that will likely help to tear down a brick wall! So glad I came across this today! Best thing since sliced bread!

  3. CM
    Claire Miller
    2 months ago

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!
    I now have new hope for finding out more about Benjamin Green(e) Miller.

  4. AM
    Ann McFadden
    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this information. I have been working with it today; this is going to be a very useful tool. However, I believe that we will need to check their transcriptions carefully.

  5. RP
    Robert Pulse
    2 months ago

    It is great – many years Research analysis to do as a result

  6. SL
    Sharon Lighthouse
    3 months ago

    To me, this is the best thing to hit in a long time!

  7. SO
    Steven Ostrowski
    3 months ago

    Wildcard * works also. Since the OCR isn’t 100% accurate, you will want to use search variations to maximize this. For example, I used thurs* to search for my Thurston/Thurstin family and it came up with a couple I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Combine that with something like +john +thurst* and you will get wider search results.

  8. ML
    Mary Lou Gravatt
    3 months ago

    Geoff Rasmussen, Thanks for the information on Family Search Full-Text Search. I’ve always enjoyed your webinars and hope to be getting back to my research. Mary Lou Morris Gravatt


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