When Should I Use Search, and When Should I Use Browse to Find My Ancestors?

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WorldVitalRecords.com provides several ways of searching for records on its database. Two options we will focus on today are Search and Browse.

There is a Difference Between Search and Browse at WorldVitalRecords.

Imagine you have a book in your hands and are interested in the content. Think about searching in terms of reading through a book.

  1. Use Browse if you want to go through the data base (or book) page by page. This will give you an in-depth search of every record that is available for the data set you have chosen.
  2. Use Search if you know the specific page (or name) you want to find. In this instance, you can turn immediately to the page or name you want to see.

About Browse

We are thrilled to have the Browse button on our site. This powerful feature will revolutionize online genealogy research and will lead to many more powerful features in the days to come!

How does the Browse button work?

  1. First click on the data set you wish to view. (If you are unsure about which data set to use, try the Search button instead.)
  2. Click on Browse This Database
  3. Look for the record you wish to view and click on the link. If you do not see the name you wish to find, click on Next (located at the top right and left sides of the page.

Here are a few tips to assist you with your searching.

  1. Some data sets are listed alphabetically, while some are listed chronologically.
  2. When you are on the results page, you must click on the name of the individual to view all of the information.
  3. Newspapers can be browsed by year, month, and day.

About Search

How does the Search button work?

1. Type in as much information as you know into the Search box and hit search.

Here are a few tips to assist you with your searching.

  1. You do not need to fill in all of the blanks in the Search box. (Just fill in the information that you know.)
  2. If you are finding names in the newspapers with some instances of the first name, and some instances of the last name, try using the Keyword button. Type in the name you want to find and use “parentheses.” For example, say that I want to find John Smith. I type in the name as follows: “john smith”. This type of search will give you results that contain both the first and last name.
  3. The Year in the Search box can be for locations for birth or death dates.
  4. The Place in the Search box can be locations for birth or death dates.

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