How do you search Ancestry.com? I'd guess most people start with the "hints" that are featured in the top center of a subject's profile page. After that, Ancestry makes it really easy to do a general search by clicking the "search" button in the top right corner of the page.
Once a user clicks "search," a myriad of possible record matches show up on the page. Those with the strongest possibility of matching are at the top of the list.
Ancestry.com allows you to inspect each record and attach it to a subject if it is a match, Users can do this until there are no more familiar looking records in the set.
Today. I was doing some client research and utilized that top-corner search button. That yielded four different ship-passenger records for my subject: a person who worked on a ship.
However, once I had retrieved the four records from the search box, I went to the database New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 and performed the search again. Sixteen more results were retrieved that didn't come up in the general search.
So take this as a friendly reminder: the general search function at Ancestry.com is handy, but it's not absolute. Always locate the specific database and execute another search there.
Amy Lenertz, MLIS is the founder of Raincross Information Services.