In this search guide you will learn the best way to search the wonderful collection of records available on findmypast. We are continually working on refining the search technology to ensure you get the most relevant results and will update this guide as it develops.
Findmypast.com.au records fall into two basic categories - transcriptions and PDF documents.
While transcription records are visible in the left hand side refinement column, PDF documents are displayed under the heading "Documents". To refine your search to include PDF documents, first click onto "Documents" in the desired category then select the required dataset you wish to search.
Exact searches will return results that match the exact spelling that you entered into the First Name /Last Name search field.
Wildcard searches will return results when you may be unsure of the spelling or there may be known variances in the name. The asterisk (*) matches any number of characters and question mark (?) matches a single character, for example:
Name variant broadens searches by using common synonyms for certain names such that:
This is useful as name variants are often recorded in official documents. The list of synonyms used by findmypast.com.au is called NameX. There are synonyms for both forenames and surnames. The synonyms result from academic research and are particularly good for anglo-saxon names.
Fuzzy search uses an algorithm based on the number of differences between the input and any particular result. A ranking score is created based on the number of different characters. The advantage of using fuzzy searches is that transcription errors can be revealed, for example:
Quite simply, there are three fields to input your search criteria:
To help with searches remember these top tips – you will get a lot more positive results:
Have questions? Contact our friendly customer support team who are happy to answer any questions you may have. (Please note that findmypast.com.au does not undertake paid family history research and is unable to perform searches on your behalf.)