In this paper, we argue that metrics that assess the performance of backtrack search for solving a Constraint Satisfaction Problem should not be visualized and examined only at the end of search, but their evolution should be tracked throughout the search process in order to provide a more complete picture of the behavior of search. We describe a process that organizes search history by automatically recognizing qualitatively significant changes in the metrics that assess search performance. To this end, we introduce a criterion for quantifying change between two time instants and a summarization technique for organizing the history of search at controllable levels of abstraction. We validate our approach in the context of two algorithms for enforcing consistency: one that is activated by a surge of backtracking and the second that modifies the structure of the constraint graph. We also introduce a new visualization for exposing the behavior of variable ordering heuristics and validate its usefulness both as a standalone tool and when displayed alongside search history.