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  Site searchWeb searchIf you type in a word or name, the search engine will try to find an exact match for all of the words. If nothing is found, it will try to find any of the words (if you typed in more than one word).

Because so many of the databases on this website will probably have ‘unusual’ surname spellings, you may want to try these additional tips.

Phrase search

There are three types so phrase searches:

    To match exactly the words you type, put quote marks around the phrase, e.g., “Thomas H. Turner.”

    To match a ‘near’ phrase that will find your words within a couple of words, use square brackets around the words, e.g. [Thomas H. Turner] would find Thomas and Turner near each other even if there is no middle initial or a different middle initial.

    To match a ‘far’ phrase that will find your words within several words, use braces around the words, e. g., {Thomas H. Turner}. This should find Thomas and Turner even if they are further apart on the page. However, it would not find Thomas and Turner if they are widely separated.

Using + and – qualifiers

    If you place the plus (+) symbol before a word, it must be on the page to find it. So Thomas +Turner +Janet would find a page with Thomas Turner and a female named Janet (his wife in this example).

    If you place a minus (-) symbol before a word, it will only find pages that do not have that word. Thomas +Turner +Janet -Semple would eliminate any pages with the word Semple. In this example a different Thomas Turner who married a Semple would not appear in the results. Useful when you get too many ‘hits.’


    Wildcard *. Probably the most useful for those frequently mis-spelled names. If you end a word with a *, you will get all the words on a page that start with all the letters in your word up to the *. E.g, Turner can be spelled Turnor in some transcriptions, using Turn* will turn up all names starting with Turn (Turnor, Turnir, etc.).

    Wildcard ?. If you put a ? in place of any letter in a word, it will find words that have any alphabet letter for the ?. Example, Turn?r would turn up Turnor, Turnir, Turner, Turnar, etc.

Boolean search

You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters. Example: (Thomas AND Turner) OR (William AND Hancock) which would find either Thomas Turner or his wife’s father, William Hancock. But would not find all the other Thomases, Williams, Hancocks and Turners.

Important! All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*. T?rn* would turn up Ternen, Tornin, etc.

Experiment with these options to help find your information on the Jersey County GenWeb site.