Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Web search feature on ancestry.com

In Ancestry.com's monthly newsletter for July, an announcement was made about a new search feature: Web search.

If you are searching for family on ancestry.com, ancestry will now search web results in addition to their indexed and archived records. If your search generates a web record, ancestry will provide a link to the website. This way the website still gets traffic. Ancestry also provides a citation, so the website will get proper credit for their hard work. Ancestry users (no membership required for web search) can save the information found from the web search directly to their tree with the proper citation.

Right now there are only five or six websites participating, such as obits on rootsweb, during this trial run. (note: Websites not interested in participating can opt out and/or remove themselves from the search.)

Ancestry explains the process a lot better than I ever could, so check it out here:

http://boards.ancestry.com/content-publishers-feedback/3/mb.ashx

I'd love to see more sites participate, as I think this is a wonderful addition to ancestry.com.

I'd love to see more of rootsweb pages, findagrave, internment.net, the US Cemeteries Project, and more.

Which sites would you like to see added?

Melissa

Note: The thoughts expressed in this post are my own. Although I am a paid subscriber of ancestry.com, I was in no way paid or offered incentives to post...just a happy customer :)

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