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This page last updated on 15 July 2004

Search Tips
Thanks to Tammy Fisher for suggesting that all of us understand the power of these search tools.

You will find lots of information on the Person County NCGenWeb pages. You can use the FreeFind box included on the home page to narrow the number of pages you have to read in order to find what you are looking for. The tips below are copied from the FreeFind help page. Most of these tips work with Google and other search engines also.

You might start by using + and -. For example if you want to find Jones in these pages but you want to exclude the cemetery pages, use as a search argument: jones -cemetery

1. phrase search
The search engine supports three types of phrase search.
a - To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase. Example: "free search engine"
b - To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]. Example: [free search engine]
c - To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }. Example: {free search engine}

2. + and - qualifiers
a - If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
b - 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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