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How do I use SuperSearch?

In order to use MyHeritage SuperSearch search engine for historical records, click here to visit the SuperSearch page, or click on ‘Research’ tab in your family site.  

 Its main search page is used for global searches and looks like this: 
Description: Main search page of SuperSearch main search page (click to zoom).


Records in SuperSearch are organized in groups, called collections. You can read more about collections here: What is a collection?

We recommend you start with a global search in all collections at once.

Here’s an example of a straight-forward search, looking for ‘Mary Jones, born in 1885’:


 

The first page shows 10 of 30,852,253 results, which include interesting and diverse content such as a record from “US Social Security Death Index”, a gravestone photo and etc.

Clicking any result will show its record page. In case it’s a family tree individual, the record page is called a “Profile page”. It contains more information about the person, including links to close relatives, and relevant photos.

You can click any photo in a profile page to see it in larger size.

Description: Photo from Mary Jones profile (click to zoom).

Note that every type of record is displayed in a record page most suitable for it when you drill down to see it. For example, this is how the census record page will look:

You can also view search results in the Summary Mode which shows them grouped by collections they were found in. Click any collection to see its results. This mode helps you go over results systematically, by collection. 
 

To make the search more convenient we have added several categories that you can search the records by.

‘Birth, Death, Marriages’ is an example of a category. Every collection and every category of collections have a separate search form specifically designed for them. You can navigate the categories and collections by using the hierarchy on the right-hand side of the main search page.

Searching records within a category or a collection will help you narrow your search and find records most relevant to you.

You can run an Advanced search to increase flexibility. Here you can search by events (e.g. birth, marriage, death, immigration and others), by relatives of the person you’re looking for, as well as by keywords (also available in the basic search).

 

Sometimes you may not know the exact name of the person you’re looking for, or that person may be found in historical records with a different spelling than the one you had in mind.

Don’t worry. When using SuperSearch you can control how you’d like it to search names. It can match the name exactly or use the default setting that will automatically catch first name variations such as Bill and William; as well as likely last name variations.

Click on ‘Advanced search’ and under the name field click on ‘Match similar names’ to select how the names should be matched.

 

If you don’t know the last name of the person you want to find, don’t worry. You can use SuperSearch’s advanced search to find people based on their relationship without even entering last names.

For example, you know the person’s first name, and his/her parents’ first names, but nothing else, you can search based on that limited information:

Please note that SuperSearch will even figure out the likely gender of the person you’re looking for. So if you search for a person called George, SuperSearch automatically infers that you are most likely searching for a male. This is useful because your search results may include initials, like Michael G. Smith, but females such as Rachel G. Smith will not show up because their likelihood of matching your search is very low. Such automatic deduction of gender is among the many unique features in SuperSearch and is not found in other search engines.

Once you receive results, you can refine them by collection, or by names, places and other common fields. This is called faceting and it is a very useful feature.

Description: Refining SuperSearch results by name (click to zoom).

Keyword searches are often very useful because they cover many fields, so they can be used to look for a town or a person’s occupation.

Here’s a keyword search within the MyHeritage photo collection for ‘Wedding’, which is useful for finding wedding photos, because it will look for the word ‘Wedding’ in titles and descriptions of photos. You can enhance this search by adding more criteria, such as the places and dates in which photos were taken.

If you find a photo that may be useful for your research and you want more information, you can contact the person who submitted it.

SuperSearch is an international search engine. As well as searching through international records, you can also use the search engine interface in 42 different languages. No other genealogy search engine supports so many languages, and our goal is not only to make it useful in your language, but also to add global content that will be useful for family history research in your country.

Now you can also search for data by geographic locations. This provides results relevant to only that specific location, helpful when you are looking for a person from a specific place. Please read the following FAQ for more information: Can I search for records by location?

Also you can save records to the personal profiles of people these records relate to in your tree and even extract data from records to your tree. Please check the following FAQ articles: 

How do I save a record from SuperSearch?

How do I extract information from Record Matches?