Is their a way to search for Surnames by birth or death location, e.g. State, County, etc

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Is there a way to use birth or death locations in a search of profiles with a given last name?  Using Cemetery, event, etc Categories doesn't work because not all profiles have categories.  This would be a useful addition to WikiTree if it doesn't already exist.  Maybe it does exist and I have just not discovered it yet.
in WikiTree Help by G. Moore G2G6 Mach 3 (35.6k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

8 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer

I use Wikitree+ for flexible searching. Currently searching "Moore Carolina" gives a result set of 3321 profiles.

by Living Terink G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
selected by Glenn Dixon
+3 votes
Use Search all.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (922k points)
I want to search WikiTree, not Ancestry, so this doesn't help.
+2 votes
I have the same question.  It would be very useful for me to find a surname in a particular location.  Is there no way to do this?
by Kim Williams G2G6 Mach 5 (50.2k points)
+2 votes

Try this link:

You can find the main Search page in the drop-down menu under "Find." To the right on the search page are 4 parameters. Choose the link for "Text" or just scroll to the bottom of the page.

The search is conducted from a Google Custom Search page (it may give you some outside pages, as well as some ads at the top).

Also, searches may not always complete!

And it may not meet your needs!!

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (232k points)
edited by Lindy Jones
+3 votes
If you are specifically referring to a Wikitree search, this is what I do.

I write the surname into the Last Name box on the main page, (or at the top of any other profile page) which brings up a list of all the profiles with that last name - as well as some variations of that name. Then I use Edit and Find from the browser menu, to search for the country, location, year, or whatever it is I am looking for. It may take a while longer, but I often get to find what I want or at least learn that the person I am looking for is NOT yet on Wikitree.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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I don't know how to do this and agree that it would be useful. It is possible to search your family list by birth location and death location, but even in this case it would be helpful to be able to sort by country, then state/province, etc. to a smaller region. As it is now, Veenendaal, Utrecht, Nederland and Victor, Ontario, New York, United States are adjacent in my family list, which is less helpful than if Veenendaal was adjacent to Rhenen or Amerongen, Utrecht, Nederland.

by W Robertson G2G6 Mach 9 (95.0k points)
+3 votes
I might have answered my own question. If you do a Google site search on and a name and state, you can get reasonable results.  The format looks like the following that you put in the Google search box: Moore Carolina

This will only search wikitree for profiles and spaces containing the words "Moore" and "Carolina"
by G. Moore G2G6 Mach 3 (35.6k points)
I think this is the same search that Lindy describes above -a Google search of WikiTree.
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An old (20 years ago) web site that I had placed county  information on was usgenweb I've looked for it and found
by Molly Shorter G2G Crew (730 points)

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