A Better Search Function
I wish there was a search within tree function that would allow me to search within my relatives. There are times when I'm looking for someone of a specific last name but don't remember any other information about them, or which branch of my tree they're on, so I can't find them as it would take hours to look through my tree.
I have seen previous posts about this topic and how technically a search within a tree could produce millions of results. However, if the search function was limited to a certain number of generations, this could be avoided, even though a search with millions of results would be unlikely if searching by something like a name.
I also wish that there was a search function, either a separate one or combined with the above idea, that would search within the people you've contributed to, as I've contributed to many people I'm not related to. I realize there is the "follow" function, however it's sort of unreasonable to expect that someone would remember to hit the follow button when they could work on hundreds of people in a day, and they might not necessarily want to know when those pages are updated or changed.
Same wish! Would love a way to search a branch for a descendant name, or for an ancestor name.0
How I do this:
Open the branch in View Tree then use the web browser's page search to search the tree for the name.0
I like the "decendancy view" of the tree for this purpose. It displays the names in a list form. It will open four generations, but you can manually open many more generations, expanding both the ancestors and decendants from the PID of your starting person.
This is particularly good if you are not sure of the name you are searching.
Regarding your second wish, under "My contributions", you can see the list of records you have worked on, but it seems to give the list in reverse chronological order. It may not be useful unless you are looking for records you have worked on recently.0
It seems like the more information you have about a person, the narrower or finer the search results would be. This doesn’t seem to be the case. If I have some pretty specific information on a person, I would expect fewer results but closer to what I’m looking for. I think the search function needs to be tightened up.0
I often use the "My Contributions" search box to find those I have worked on. It can be very helpful.0
I often use the Descendant Search function in the Google Chrome App - Hope Chest to find descendants with potential ordinances to be accomplished. It is a valuable tool. HOWEVER, often the search abruptly stops and I can't get it to resume. I wish that Family Search had the same capability and not be limited to any particular platform (I am not a real lover of Google Chrome. I have tried to contact the developer of Hope Chest, but have not received any response.
Will Family Search consider having the capability to perform a Descendant Search and place persons with potential ordinances to be performed in a folder of sorts to then complete the reservations and also sharing with the Temple system. PLEASE!!!0
I would very much like the search within descendency tree option, and I would add a choice to search for entries with outstanding hints. It would make updating a lineage much faster.
Also, I have seen several requests for allowing descendency tree Generations option to larger than 4. Although it should be used with caution, it would be a timesaver for people working on large lineages.0