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:

Operator Example
AND title:papers AND creator:Miller
OR "Justus Sherwood" OR "Robert Leake"
NOT (-) "Justus Sherwood" -"Loyal Rangers"