Tips for searching the Loyalist Database
Search terms can be combined using the operators AND (search result must include this word), OR (search result may include this word), and NOT (-) (search result must exclude this word); examples: Miller AND papers; railway -station. Note, if no operator is used, the default is AND.
Phrase searching uses double quotation marks: "refugee camp"; note when searching archival reference numbers, place in quotes, for example, "WO 12"
Truncation uses an asterisk (*): Palatin* will find Palatine or Palatinate
Proximity searching is based on the distance between two words in the text, and uses the tilde (~) and maximum number of words to separate search terms: "loyal British"~5
The following field labels are available for searching either keywords or codes in specific fields when using the Default Search screen for command searches.
|Label:||Description:||Example of use:|
|archival_ref_no||Reference number at original archive||archival_ref_no:PRO FO4|
|background||Background information about document||background:"refugee camp"|
|call_number||Call number in Loyalist Collection||call_number:FC LFR .M5F3P3|
|category||Categories of Loyalist Collection: church, family, military, public, or special||category:family|
|contents||Description of document contents||contents:"powers of attorney"|
|creator||Creator of document||creator:Miller|
|database_id||ID number in Loyalist Db||database_id:531|
|originals||Location of original document||originals:"brome county historical society"|
|title||Words in title||title:papers|
Logical operators can be used to combine command searches:
|AND||title:papers AND creator:Miller|
|OR||"Justus Sherwood" OR "Robert Leake"|
|NOT (-)||"Justus Sherwood" -"Loyal Rangers"|