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Actually, you can do these types of searches on, but only on specific databases, not from the homepage search window.

For example, if you go into a database (e.g. California Birth Index) and do an ADVANCED search of that database, you can use the KEYWORD field to input other information that can be searched and displayed within that search (such as mother's maiden name). But this works only with those databases that support the keyword search, and not all of them do.

The same concept applies for census records, but in ancestry, not all census years can be searched the same way. Some years let you search by race, some don't. Some let you include a keyword or parent's given name, some don't.

I realize it's not perfect and there's lots of room for improvement, but I'm suggesting we take time to make better use of the existing search engines to try to find our ancestors.

How about doing a no name search in a census year, but inputting only the mother's given name (and county, to cut down on the responses), to see what you'll find? I've done this to locate families that had either changed their surname or were simply enumerated with the wrong surname.

My two cents. All the best in your searches.

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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