Search tips

On each search page you can read quick tips on how to make the best use of search boxes. Some of the tips link to guides about the records concerned or topics that can help you search (like surnames, forenames, parishes, districts and counties).

How the search tips appear

Switching search tips on and off

Surname and forename search options

How the search tips appear

The search tips are not immediately visible on the page

Search tips are not visible until you start to enter data in a field

But they are activated when you select a search box or an item in a drop down list.

Search tips appear on the right side of the page when you select a search box, drop down list or button

Switching search tips on and off

If the search tips do not appear, you need to turn them on using the button at the top right of a search page.

The tips on/off button on the top right of the search page

You can also turn the tips option off.

Turn on tips button on the top right of each search page

Turn off tips button at the top of each search page

You can also turn tips on and off in 'My Account' under 'Account preferences'.

Account preferences in My Account

Surname and forename search options

Remember to use the search options for surname and forename search.

Search options for the surname and forename search boxes

For advice about how different search options work see our guides on surnames and forenames.