In a recent update to search, we added an option for including information about linked family members to your search.
Imagine that you were looking for your Aunt Mary. She’s not linked to your mother’s memorial and you’d like to add her. You can’t remember her married name, but you know her maiden name is Young since that is your mother’s maiden name. You could search for Mary Young using the maiden name search , but you’ll end up with thousands of matches.
If you know the name of a family member, you can use that with the maiden name search to narrow your results.
For example, if you remember that Mary and your mom had a brother that they called Manly, even though his real name was Manuel, you can enter Manuel in the “Spouse, Parent, Child or Sibling name box” in the “More search options”:
This will narrow your search to just 19 matches and details about the linked family members will be included in the result to help you find the memorial you are looking for.
You can put multiple names, including the names of different people, in the field.
Remember that this will only help if the family members have been linked. If they haven’t been, you won’t get a match. It may be best to try different family member’s names individually in case some have been linked and others have not. And if you don’t get a result, it doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t have a memorial for the person you are looking for, you may just need to try a different search tactic.