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You may search this web site for all pages containing matching words or word patterns.  An unusually large number (100+) of results may be found due to the family pedigree associated to each individual recorded on this site.  The search will find every pedigree that person is a part of, which are most pedigrees because it is a family tree.  Please be specific with your search criteria and be patient as you are wading through the results to find the correct match you are looking for.

***NOTE*** Even if the search results don't show the name you searched for in the couple lines of summary text, you can click the link and still find that person somewhere on the page.  Each page contains several family groups; the summary text is taken from the top of the page and that person may be lower on the page.  A quick way to search any web page for a word, using Internet Explorer, is to press <ctrl> <f> at the same time and then type the word you are searching for in the Find box.  It will search down to the bottom of the page from your current cursor location.

By default, the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens, a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.

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

  1. + and - qualifiers
    If you prepend a word with a plus sign, (+), that word is required to be on the page.
    If you prepend a word with a minus sign, (-), that word is required to not be on the page.
       
    Example: "+Joseph +Brungardt -Clara"  will return all pages containing the words Joseph and Brungardt and not the word Clara.  This is useful if you are searching for a Joseph Brungardt and get 2500 results.  Once you realize the majority of the results refer to the Joseph that was married to Clara Braun, by adding the -Clara to the query, you may reduce the results to only 20.
  2. * wildcard
    If a query word ends with an asterisk, (*), all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
        Example: Jeff*  will return pages containing the words Jeff, Jeffrey, Jeffery, or any other spelling that begins with Jeff.
  3. ? wildcard
    If a query word contains a question mark, (?), any character will match that position.
        Example: b?g  will return pages containing the word big, beg, bag, etc.  This is useful if you are searching for Katharine but you aren't sure whether it is spelled Catherine, Catharine, Katherine, or Katharine.  By searching for ?ath?rine, it will return pages that contain any of the four spellings.
  4. AND / OR qualifiers
    Search words may be seperated by AND and OR to refine a search.
        Example: Joseph OR Clara will return pages containing either name.  Joseph AND Clara will only return pages with both names on the page.  Joseph AND (Brungardt OR Braun) will return pages containing Joseph Brungardt or Joseph Braun.

All of these techniques can be combined: +?ath?* -Jone*  will return all pages containing the words Cathy, Kathy, Catherine, Catharine, Katherine, or Katharine and doesn't contain the names Jone, Jones, Joneston, Joneberg, etc.

 

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