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Search Tips

The Sanborn® Web site provides three searching methods to allow users to choose the method that best fits their searching needs: 1) basic search, 2) address search and 3) advanced search. Both searching methods allow users to access individual maps.

Basic Search: Locating Items

When using the Basic Search box on the Sanborn® home page, you are searching for individual maps. The DLG search engine requires that each word that you enter in the search box appear in a record for it to be displayed as part of your search results.

To begin a search using the default settings, enter the word(s) you want to search for in the Basic Search input box, then click the Start Search button (the enter key will not start a search on this screen). The default settings will search for your terms within City, County, Year, Named Buildings & Building Types, Addresses and Neighborhoods.

This search ... ... would find ... ... these results.
Fire Department Vidalia records with all three words [View results of sample search]

Or use the following option to. . .

  • CHOOSE SEARCH TYPE -- Select from the pull-down menu of searchable fields to search in (Keywords, County, City or Year).

Address Search: Locating Items

When using the address search box on the Sanborn® home page, you are searching for individual maps. The DLG search engine requires that each word that you enter in the search box appear in a record for it to be displayed as part of your search results.

To begin a search using the default settings, enter the building number and street you want to search for in the Address Search input box, then click the Start Search button (the enter key will not start a search on this screen). The default settings will search for your terms within "All Cities".

Or use the following option to. . .

  • CHOOSE SEARCH CITY -- Select from the pull-down menu of Georgia cities to search in (City).
This search ... in ... ... would find ... ... these results.
150 Main Gainesville records with both number and word [View results of sample search]

Advanced Search: Locating Items

The Advanced Search allows you to narrow your query by searching multiple areas of the item descriptions at once by using boolean operators and by limiting to either City, County or Date.