To NARROW your criteria (match FEWER records)
- Use "Equal to" instead of "Starts with" for your name searches. If you know the exact spelling of the name, change the name dropdown to "Equal to". If the last name you are searching for is "Ball" then "Starts with" will also match names like "Ballard"
- Use a date range: You can enter a beginning date or ending date or both for either Date of Birth or Date of Death. Please be aware that records that do not contain Birth or Death Dates will be ignored when using a date range.
To WIDEN your criteria (match MORE records)
- Use "Starts with" instead of "Equal to" for your name searches. If the name you are searching for is "Smyth" it might be under an alternate spelling like "Smythe".
- Remove date restrictions: Records that do not contain Date of Birth or Date of Death will be ignored when using a date range.
The search page will also support the wildcard characters ? and *. The ? character will match any ONE character. Entering B?rns will match "Berns" or "Burns". The * character will match anything or nothing. This means entering "*stein" would match "Frankenstein" "Finkelstein" or "Stein".