I set up and maintain Organize Your Family History on my own but I’m far from a WordPress expert and my efforts to figure out what had happened flailed. Figuring it out was on my task list forever and, finally, I decided to purchase Jetpack Search so that readers would once again be able to search for topics of interest on this site.
In implementing Jetpack Search, I learned that I could no longer use the old location for the Search. (It used to be up at the top, to the right of the menu items.) I’ve now located it in the right sidebar, between my photo and the tag cloud.
I’m excited that the new Jetpack Search is more robust than the old default search used to be. When you search on a term, an overlay window comes up that shows your results, including results that appeared in comments (shown just below the post to which the comment was made). When you’re finished, you just click the X at the top right of the screen to go back to the blog page. Another thing I’m happy about is that, as with Google, if you mistype a word it will try to figure out what you meant. For example, I accidentally typed “Barru” and the search results for “Barry” (my husband’s name) appeared.
If you were inconvenienced by the absence of a Search field for a number of months, I apologize and I thank you for not complaining. I hope you find the new, more robust, search capability helpful!