search changes

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I saw that recently a change was made to the search function by adding a WATCHLIST feature. This is not something I personally have been using. However I would like like to make a suggestion for consideration.

How about adding another search box for MAIDEN SURNAME which would give the ability to search for couples ... this is a feature I find very helpful indeed.

So if you were searching for a George Bush who married

Barbara Pierce, I am proposing that one could enter ...

(first) George (surname) Bush - (wife maiden) Pierce

and it would probably only return one result.

If you were searching for just a man you would just leave the maiden surname box empty.
asked in The Tree House by N. Gauthier G2G6 Mach 3 (33.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

1 Answer

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Unlike some genealogical research websites, WikiTree's search utility only lets us search for one person at a time, with only one last name. But on this site we can also use Google Search (and other external web search utilities) to search this site. The bottom of the search page has a Google link to search all of WikiTree for any string of text you like. When I enter the string Barbara Pierce Bush there, the list of hits is all about the intended person: her profile, her family tree, her descendants list, plus photos and pages for her family members.
answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (878k points)
Yes I know how this site currently works,

But I tagged my suggestion "improvements" in the hopes that those in control can consider a change ... just like they changed it to add the watchlist which I don't use. I wish that they could add this improvement to search for couples, as I would use it every day. I often find it too difficult to search for the one person I want among 200 results. I don't memorize hundreds of birth dates but I often know who the spouse was. I am trying to get to the person on wikitree without having to go to google or to click on 5 profiles before I find the one I am looking for.
I just tried this google search at the bottom of the search page.  I did mark it to search WikiTree pages, but results were not what I expected.  I searched for 'John Jackson and Elizabeth Seaman'.   First came lots of 'ads' for further searching; then came info for John and Elizabeth on three other genealogy sites and THEN came results for Elizabeth Seaman Jackson on WikiTree.  Not exactly what I expected but it did work.

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