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Remember to use all VARIATIONS on a name. Spelling was often very inconsistent and the people writing the names wrote them as they sounded to their ear.

EXAMPLE: The name Van Driessen. To be sure to see all the information, the name should be searched under VanDriessen (no space), Van Driessen (space), Van Driesen, VanDriesen. All the variations will yield different information. One family name (Herkimer), I have been told, has 100 variations, some don't look like Herkimer.

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This search will tell you in which article the name appears and give you a link to that page, but not to the exact spot on the page. Any text within a graphic will not be found by the search engine, sorry, the search engine cannot scan a graphic.

When you are trying to locate exactly where on a page a name occurs, go to the top of your browser and click on "Edit". Select "Find on this page" and then type in some of the variations of the name you are looking to locate.


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In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.

1. phrase search

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Example: [search engine]
To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }
Example: {search engine}

2. + and - qualifiers

If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
Example: +always -never

3. * wildcard

If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
Example: gift*

4. ? wildcard

If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
Example: b?g

5. boolean search

You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.
Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*
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