For a basic search of all available data, enter a Surname and click 'search', (or press return/enter). A surname entry is not required, but an entry in both name fields restricts the search to satisfy both, typically returning fewer records. Date entries likewise limit the results. However, multiple names in a single entry field returns more records, so if you wish to search multiple names, or multiple spellings of a single name, you can enter them all at once in the same search field.
Restrict the search to return fewer results by entering given names and years. The search is not case sensitive. There are no accents—simply use the closest character (e.g. use e to represent é). Searches expand to include selected similar surnames, as reported at the top of the results. Uncheck any index types you don't want included in the search.
Consider entering surnames in the given name field because— Women's maiden names and previous marriage names are often there— Men often have their mother's maiden name as a given name, and— Foreigners often get their name order reversed in America.
Advanced Search enables wildcard searching, but disables the similar surnames list. See more details for advanced search techniques with examples, as well as what's covered in the search, and state of completion of various items.