- All fields are optional. You can search by surname, by given name, or a combination of both. You can also search by house number and/or town name. You can limit your search results to a specific geographic area (in kilometers) after selecting the town of interest. And you can choose to sort your results by record addition date or by other criteria, if you like.
- Expand and contract your records. Click on the blue plus sign next to each of your search results to show all of the information about a given record, not just the primary names associated with it.
- Use facets to narrow your search results. You can click on the links in the sidebar to focus your search on a particular "facet", or sub-set of your search results, such as record type, town, year, etc. The facets will also help give you an overview of all information associated with your search, such as the other surnames commonly attached to the surname you queried, the towns often associated with the surname, etc.
- Find phonetically similar surnames with Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching. Use the checkbox underneath the Surname field to enable or disable this capability. We recommend enabling it, so that you can find surnames that were similar but may have had an alternate spelling in the original records.
- You can use asterisks to do wildcard searches. For example, entering SCHR* in the surname field will show all surnames beginning with that string, such as SCHRANK, SCHREYER, etc. You can also use a wildcard (or even multiple wildcards!) in the middle or the end of a name, such as *WITZ or K*H*N. There is no minimum number of letters that you have to enter. Wildcards will work in the Given Name field too.