Please Explain to why when I type the Death Year, and put the same year in both ranges so it is the exact year, and I don't get results only from that year.
You can opt to use an exact search by switching it on and ticking search fields you wish to be exact. Unfortunately, at present, there is no tick box next to the date - only against the death place.
I got pretty good results by doing all of these at the same time:
--Show exact Search tab ON
--Type, select DEATH
--Death fields, place and dates, CHECK
OK what do I do when I have done what both of you have suggested?????????
Let me start by saying that I really don't know how the search algorithm works and I wish someone from FamilySearch would have a RootsTech presentation about what it is actually doing so we can work the search engine on its terms.
What you do is learn the search engine. Every time you do a search take the time to analyze your results and see what types of search criteria bring what type of results so you can find the right criteria to use. One thing that is clear is that the search engine is much more complex than just a "find this plus this plus this" search. It is also clear that the search engine attempts to be far more helpful than we probably need it to be. But that just seems to be the style of search technology these days. Even the most straight forward search in Google brings hundreds of millions of results.
But lets look at a specific example to explain what I mean. Say I want to find a death record for Jens Olsen of Stord, Hordaland, Norway who died in 1843: https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&f.recordType=2&q.deathLikeDate.from=1843&q.deathLikeDate.to=1843&q.deathLikePlace=stord%2C%20hordaland%2C%20Norway&q.givenName=jens&q.surname=olsen
Setting up the search like this:
I also specified just death records for simplicity.
Results to follow.
Also for simplicity, I have exported the first page of results then removed unneeded columns since the export gives an important piece of information:
The first thing to note is that only the first two lines match my search results in the strictest since of matching the name fully, being the correct death year, and being the correct place. These two also have the highest score.
Then we go from what you might consider real results to all the "potentially helpful" results. I generally stop looking as soon as I hit this transition, because I generally do not find these "helpful" results helpful.
However, looking at the rest of the page gives some insights. The next two lines both have the correct name and the correct death year (the export is of the search list which for some reason only shows the burial date even though the records do have death dates. The Jens buried Feb 1844 does have a death date in 1843.) but the place only matches on the county, Hordaland, so they have lower scores.
The next result matches on death year and on place, but the name is John, not Jens, so the score drops.
From here on out the scores keep dropping because it is pulling possibly equivalent names such as Han, Johannes, Jon, and others so the points for names get worse, and the search is again only matching the county.
The last two entries are back to Jens but have very low scores because there is no date or place since these are burial records for the spouses of those two men.
Basically I have found that as soon as the results go from "perfect" matches to "potentially helpful" matches, there will be no more results you really want.
So to return to your question of do you do when the very first result is outside that one year you are searching for, you just accept that fact that there are no results for your criteria. There are no records that match what you are searching for. The search engine just can't bear to admit it. So it finds results that have good scoring for names and places and poor scoring, because of being outside your specified range, for the date and includes those in the results lists.