How long before a new profile shows up in Search?

+9 votes

How long should it take for a new profile to show up in search results?

Background: I know a profile for "Jane Woodhouse" was just created with a birthdate of 1640. In an attempt to identify possible duplicates, I ran a search using the following parameters:

First name: Jane

Last name: Woodhouse

Birth & Death dates: blank ("still living" checkbox unchecked)

Surname variants: yes

Include matches w/out dates: yes

Include possible century typos: no

Search all of WikiTree: yes

This returns 21 matches and none of them have the birthdate of 1640.

Am I missing something, or is there a delay?? 

If there is a delay, will using "Search for Matches" still accurately find duplicates for a brand new profile?


in WikiTree Tech by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (434k points)

2 Answers

+2 votes
Best answer
Hi Julie,

In order to speed up searching, you don't search the live database, you search an "index". We create that index through an independent process. This is just like how it works on Google. If you make a change on a website, the changed content isn't instantly available on Google. Google has to crawl and index the changed web page.

We used to update our index just once a day. Two years ago we developed a complex system for dynamic updating. Updates shouldn't take more than 15 minutes now.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Kay Wilson
OK ... great information to know!

This seems not to be the case at the moment

Profiles as far back as April 14th are not showing up
We'll investigate. Thanks, Alan.
It has been resolved now thanks to Chris

There was an issue with the indexing and this has been fixed
+3 votes
Julie,  Without specifying any parameters other than name, is at the top of the 22 matches and shows DOB abt 1640.  What am I missing?
by David Wilson G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
It's working for me now, too, David.

I was performing the search minutes after the profile was created. So, apparently, it does take some time for the profile to be available to the search engine ??

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