There were only 132 hits. This is not so many that I cannot go through all of them, but I decided that since Johann was around 1815, I would refine my search to concentrate on immigrants of that age.
Except I got "Too many matches."
How can there be too many matches? I've refined my search even more than it was originally constructed.
How can less than 132 be "too many?"
This is not the first time I have received results of this type.
I don't want to be told to "refine" my search--that's what I did.
I don't want to be told to search specific databases--after all, we're told now that "broad" and "global" searches are the way to go. That's how searchers get a more "positive user experience." I have a "positive user experience" when search responds in a way that makes sense.
There is no reason why this search should return "too many hits."
My problem with this is two-fold:
- There simply are not too many hits to display them.
- If Ancestry.com cannot get this search to work the way that it should, are there other searches (ones that don't give errors) that might not be working correctly? It makes me wonder if I'm missing results (and maybe there were "other" Bernards on my search from yesterday that simply didn't show up). My conclusion that I had "my" Bernard yesterday was partially based on what search results were returned to me by the search at Ancestry.com.