Explaination of Search Types
The Vanishing Georgia database provides two searching methods to allow users to select the method that best fits their search criteria. The search terms may be truncated in either method using an asterisk. For example, to search all id numbers in Cobb County type "cob*."
Basic: Use to search a word or phrase. You will need to choose whether your search should include all the terms in the search box or any of them. You may also specify what part of the record you'd like searched.
Precision: Use to search multiple areas of the descriptions at once. For example, specify where in an image's description a certain word or phrase appears using connectors. For example, one could search for images related to cotton in Dublin, Georgia by searching for the keyword "cotton" and "Dublin" in the city field.
The precision search also permits limiting results in the following ways:
- by City: To limit your search to images associated with a specific city, enter the appropriate term in the corresponding search box.
- by County: To limit your search to images associated with a specific county, enter the appropriate term in the corresponding search box.
- by Date: To limit your search to images created within a specific date range, replace the dates shown with the desired ones. To limit by a single year, put it in both boxes. If the default values are not changed, all of the images will be searched.
- by Type: To limit your search to a specific type of original image, select the appropriate checkbox. Image types include photograph, painting, engraving, etching, lithograph, drawing, daguerrotype, ambrotype, tintype, stereograph, and postcard. The majority of the images found in the database fall into the photograph category.