Sunday, 9 March 2014

Military search tip - findmypast"

Findmypast is changing, and whilst it settles down, here's a tip to deliver more accurate search results when searching for military ancestors.

Resist the temptation to use (or browse) the Regiment or Soldier Number fields. Instead, go straight for the Optional keywords (a new and very useful feature which was not present in the older version of search) and type in the search terms there."

Earlier this evening I was looking for information on Corporal Michael Gleeson who died this day, ninety-nine years ago. I typed in his forename and last name and then entered his regimental number - 7090 - in the Soldier Number field. No less than 173 results were returned. However, ignoring the Soldier Number field and typing the number into the keywords field instead, gave me the one result I was looking for: Michael Gleeson's entry in SDGW.  I could of course, have filtered on SDGW but I wanted to see if there were any other records for a man with this number. There were not.

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