Search Tips

Census and Gazetteer Searches

Enter a name in the search box, then click the Search button. A search may be more successful if only part of a name is entered into the search box. For example, searching for Knowl Wood finds Knowl Wood, Knowl Wood Bottom, Knowl Wood Mill, etc.

It is also important the remember that the way place names are written has changed over time, for example, Knowl Wood may sometimes be Knowlwood.

Farms marked on old maps often do not have the word farm in their name. For example, a search for Friths succeeds, but Friths Farm does not. Similarly, it is better to omit qualifiers, such as Higher, Lower, Further, etc.

Similarly, searches for pubs are more likely to succeed by omitting the terms pub, inn, hotel, etc.

In the Gazetteer of Lancashire and Yorkshire churches are prefixed with their location. For example, Rochdale St Chad. A search for St Chad's Church Rochdale will fail.

The default search strategy is Contains; other options are Begins or Ends.

The Gazetteer also has Code as a search strategy. This is similar to the Soundex system. It performs a fuzzy search, which is useful for locating spelling variations or uncertain spacing of words.

If a search fails, make sure the appropriate county is selected from the dropdown list.

Where the search results show an InGaz field, Yes indicates that the location will be found in the Gazetteer of Lancashire and Yorkshire on the Gazetteers page. Searching there may give spelling variants and map sources.

Personal Name Searches

Various strategies are provided for personal name searches. The Surname strategy may be Contains, Begins or Ends. Additionally, Sounds Like matches similarly sounding names. For example Hiley also matches Highley.

The forenames strategy may be Contains, Begins or Ends. Additionally, Variants allows similar forenames to be found. For example, John also matches Jno, Johnny, Jack, etc. When using the Variants strategy, if more than one name is entered, only the first will be taken into account.

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