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Browse & search a specific database

Is there a way to browse all databases and then just search a specific database only rather than doing a name search and then choosing which type of record you'd like to view?
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  • Thank you for your feedback that is a good question. We recommend that to narrow the potential search by name within the search engine you select from the beta home page "All Collections", then enter the country or region in the "Find" box to the upper left of the screen. This will then identify relevant collections for you.
    If you narrow as far as possible the number of results produced by use of advanced search fields you should bring down the number of potential hits or results from the search engine.
    In some collections searches for common surnames will produce a large number of results. Searching for Patrick Murphy in Ireland will produce large number of results! By using advanced search and restricting year range and location and event type it is possible to narrow results.
    Perhaps the most effective use of the search engine is to narrow to a single collection and enter as much information about the individual in advanced search as possible to reduce the number of results. It is then possible to widen the search by year range and adjusting locality to extend search over a wider area. Personally I would avoid using global search in any family history search engine in favour of narrowing to a particular area and year range.
    One final point about the worldwide nature of collections is that a given name and surname or surname only by place is likely to produce such a large response as to be unwieldy. The search engine is still being developed and may not produce stable results in all collections but we believe that using advanced search options will help to overcome many frustrations. Please use feedback to let us know when searches are not working or producing odd results as we continue to monitor and improve performance.
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    ME TOO! I wanted to view the Ohio Death Certificates for Fairfield County, Ohio. I entered "Fairfield, Ohio" in the death block and checked the 'exact' box - what did I get? Almost 4,000 results in ancestral files! NOT what I wanted. Bring back the Ohio D.C. search function.
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  • Cullen Brimhall (Help and Support Product Manager) September 16, 2010 22:32
    You can click on "All Collections" then use the controls on the left to browse to the right collection, then click on the right collection which takes you to a form to search. From there you can click on advanced search and search that specific collection for anything that advanced search allows. You could for example search for just all the records in a specific town by clicking on the "exact" field next to the town.
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