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A search can be as simple as a single word, for example:
It can be a phrase, such as:
     "margaret mitchell"
or a combination of words/phrases, such as:
     "nancy hanks" AND train

You can join multiple search words and phrases together into a single search statement using search operators like AND and OR.

Enclose phrases in quotation marks, for example:
     "cotton states exposition"
Use the quotation marks whether you are searching for the phrase by itself, or as part of a longer search statement such as:
     "cotton states exposition" AND "piedmont park"

If you aren't sure of how to spell a word, or you want to search for variations of a common word root, such as educator, education, educating, you can use two special characters when you type your search.

Capitalization does not matter when you are typing your search. For example, sweet auburn will find the same documents as Sweet Auburn. Spelling does matter; your search will fail or find the wrong documents if you misspell one or more search terms.

Tips for finding obituaries
Many obituaries were and are paid classified advertising. If you're not having any luck finding an obituary, make sure you have clicked the button next to Search Articles, Advertisements and Listings under Search Options.

The use of initials for first and middle names was more common in the past. Try searching just on the last name, possibly combining it with other words. The word obituary has been added to most paid death notices. Other words that frequently appear in news and paid obituaries include: died, funeral, services, survived, interment, cemetery, church.
When combining a last name with these words, remember to use w/doc instead of and. Example: smith w/doc obituary

Using Search Operators

Operators let you connect multiple search words or phrases together into a single search statement. The table below shows you what operators you can use, provides a sample search for each, and tells you what the sample search will find.

Operator Sample Use Finds documents containing...
AND cherokee AND creek cherokee and creek in the same paragraph.
OR dahlonega OR gold dahlonega or gold, or both anywhere in the entire document.
AND NOT dahlonega AND NOT gold dahlonega, but not gold.
NEAR/number dahlonega NEAR/3 gold occurrences of dahlonega within three words of gold.
ponce PRE/3 springs occurrences of ponce preceding springs by up to three words.

Using Special Characters

There are two special characters you can use when you're unsure of a word's spelling, or when you want to look for words sharing a common root or stem, such as education and educator:


Use the * character to search for words beginning with a common word root, with any number of characters following. For example,
will find documents containing:
     railroads, railroader, and railroading.

Extra tip for finding all articles on a specific date: If you insert a "*" into the search for field and use the date range option to select a specific date, you'll be able to browse articles that appeared on that day.


Use the ? character to search for words with a specific number of wildcard characters. Use one ? for each character that you're unsure of. For example,
will find documents containing:
     educated and educator.

will find documents containing:
     alumni and alumna but not alumnae.