Saturday, December 17, 2016

Customizing Census Search

I'm catching up on census records so I've tried to make that process a little more efficient.

First, what I do is search the descendant line I'm interested in by using the Focus Group Search in Legacy Family Tree and then search within that search for a particular year using the Census Search. Then I go through the resulting search list using Search Internet for Current Person (button added to my toolbar for easy access). First I have to set up the search parameter.

Each database in FamilySearch has an ID number. These are the search parameters for the census years using a first and surname only. If needed, I then add spouse or 'other person', and/or location to narrow it down. It's less typing than starting with a general search.

1850
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1401638

1860
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1473181

1870
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1438024

1880
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1417683

1900
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1325221

1910
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1727033

1920
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1488411

1930
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=1810731

1940
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A[FirstName]~%20%2Bsurname%3A[Surname]~&collection_id=2000219

Once one of these URLs has been added to Customize Internet Search, the only thing that needs to be changed for a different census year is the ID number and the title of the Search.