November 4, 2004

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Smarter, More Complete Search for Genealogists

Genealogy Today ( is pleased to announce the pre-release of their enhanced meta-search engine designed to help researchers find the most relevant information in a single search.

The new search, available on a trial basis beginning in November, answers queries by testing several of the databases at Genealogy Today to determine what the visitor is looking for. These include: surnames, first names, locations, topics, articles and products. The search also provides surname and first name alternatives.

"We're committed to not only providing quality articles and online data, but also accurate and complete search tools for our visitors," commented Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "In addition to the expected results, this new engine will toss in some interesting alternatives that the researcher may not have considered."

Included in the Smart Search results are matches found in the Genealogy Knowledgebase, a database of over 5,000 terms from such helpful resources as genealogical abbreviations, old disease names and legal terms, old occupations, surname meanings, acronyms of the U.S. government, and even abbreviations used by the U.S. Post Office.

"We've also designed this new engine to learn from the researchers' experience," added Illya. "Feedback is captured whenever a user does not locate what they are looking for. This feedback, after an editorial review, is used by the search engine on subsequent searches to provide more accurate results."

Beginning in December, this new search will replace the existing site-wide Quick Search. In the meantime, a link to the new search is included with the current Quick Search results.

To try the Smart Search from Genealogy Today, visit


Genealogy Today has been serving genealogy enthusiasts since 1999 by publishing original articles from experienced genealogists and writers, and a growing collection of search tools and databases. With more than 37,000 registered members, Genealogy Today helps connect researchers with common family lines through its free Team Roots program. Based in New Providence, NJ, it develops and markets online resources that help researchers track and organize their family history projects. The Genealogy Today web site also provides a marketplace of unique family tree products and gifts.

Year after year, Genealogy Today has received recognition for its efforts in helping genealogists. In 2003, Genealogy Today was selected Site of the Year by Genealogical Journeys In Time, having been previously highlighted as a Pick of the Month in 2002. Family Tree Magazine named Genealogy Today to its Hall of Fame in 2003, after being one of a few sites selected for its annual Best Web Site Picks four consecutive years.

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