Last week Ancestry.com announced new changes are coming to its search form. The change to the basic search form is slight. Ancestry.com is replacing the link “Advanced Search” with “Show More Options.” Changes to the advanced search form are more significant. They’re moving to a style more like FamilySearch.org. Compare the top of the Ancestry.com search form:
with the top of the FamilySearch.org form:
Both now use the same user interface for specifying life events and names of related persons.
Despite the similarities, it is important to remember that the two use radically different paradigms. FamilySearch.org provides an All search. They return results that match all of the search terms. Ancestry.com provides an Any search (by default). They return results that match any of the search terms, listing first the records that match all of the search terms. This behavior can be altered by setting the “exactness” of each search term. You can make your Ancestry.com search an “All” search or a hybrid, for maximum flexibility.