How do I get the correct returns for my search?
In the old search engine this would not be an issue. I have been struggling with this since it was released several weeks ago, and still, I cannot find basic things that were easy to find before. Tonight is but one example - I am searching for a birth record in Kern County, California in 1905. I opened the website home page, clicked on search and got the new form. I put in the surname, the place, and the year, and hit search. I got nearly 22K results. The top results are 3 births in Alameda county (ok, so we got the year right and the state right at least), but the next results are for Illinois and Georgia, followed by a bunch of death records in every county in California EXCEPT the one I used in my search. Ok, let's try going to the "more options" on the right. Scroll through, click on +Birth and add birthplace and year range (again? didn't I already do this once?) and low and behold - I get the same 22K returns. Ok, now what? oh.. try the filters at the top of the page. Click on "Birth" - can filter down by place or year range. Ok, let's try place. Three choices are Canada, UK and Ireland, or USA.
ok, pick United States. (why do I have to filter these down when I've already said I'm looking for Kern County, CA twice before this) .
having already asked for California results twice before, I am now asked to pick which state again. As you can see - I got more than just California in my original search results. Ok, let's click on California...
I've suddenly gone from 396 results to 6. Great, finally, now I can see the 3 births in Kern County for 1905 that fit my surname criteria...
uhmmmmm... NOPE, wrong again!
By the way, clicking on Alameda county results gives the same 3 resulting records.
Some one please tell me there's an easier way than the 500 clicks, duplicating the same information multiple times, that it took me to get to here?? and how do I get relevant/useful results? Was there just no one born in Kern County in 1905? I'd rather get a "no records match your search" message if that's the case. Or please tell me this is actually a design flaw/error and it should work differently/easier than this? I hope? help! please and thanks!