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Date Ranges Should Be Accurate

I think that if I enter a date range of +/- some value that the results should show only those dates. I'm searching Vermont births 1856 +/- 1 and I'm getting births as late as 1906, in the results. This is a problem since the dates aren't always in order. For example, if I search on first name Fred, I get several matches for Fred, ordered by date, but then I get matches following that for variations of Fred (Frederic, etc), with a new date range. This makes finding a person very difficult if there a lot of matches.

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  • I totally agree. My search came up with 1981 historical records attached to the "tree" I looked for. Only a small handful are the right person.
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  • I was searching for births for an exact year ie +/- 0.

    I can understand that the records bring up birth/baptisms for that year, so some birth years will be earlier.

    However it is not satisfactory to get results where both the birth year and the baptismal year are different to the year I specified, which is what happened.

    Maureen
    • Cullen Brimhall (Help and Support Product Manager) July 06, 2010 15:42
      Maureen,

      Thanks for using the system and providing us with your feedback. It appear that you may have found a bug in our system. When a user selects "Exact" on all fields we should not be returning results where any of the entered search criteria is missing.

      Your search for Merlin Jones born 1880 turns up a top hit for his son David Lee (born in 1939, Died 1947) where Merlin is listed as the father. There is no exact 1880 data on this record and it appears that the hit was only on the name portion of your search criteria.

      We have filed this as a bug and will look into it what happened more deeply to get it resolved.

      Thanks again for helping us refine the tools during our development phase.
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    FamilySearch is not a commercial site and doesn't need to entice users by always giving them a large number of 'hits'. If a researcher searches for an event in a specific date range and area, then a Nil result is quite valid. It simply means 'thing again' or it may confirm what the researcher suspected. The researcher may have a valid possibility elsewhere but need to check the neighbouring areas - or a researcher may be checking to see if a man remarried between two census years to confirm a possible family entry.
    "In the old days" of family trips to search the BMD indices in London, we prepared a page of quarters (3/62, 6/62, 9/62, etc) in advance for each planned search, and crossed through each to indicate a nil result for that quarter. They are still filed because they indicate that we checked that quarter for that person and the name was not there. The nil results are valuable evidence!!
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