Tips and Tricks for Searching
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The Sheffield Indexers are pleased to offer these original databases;
Census - Sheffield 1841 Census - Derbyshire Misc Baptism Records
Parish Registers indexing is ongoing and material is being placed online where they can be searched under either Baptisms or Marriage records. Indexing is also ongoing for City Road Cemetery and steady work is underway with the School Admission Registers, Sheffield Institutions and Trade Directories.
Now offering our newest database for BMD Certificates which will also be an exciting ongoing project for the Sheffield Indexers.
How to Search
If your search results are "0" try searching for SURNAME only. If you put too much information in ALL of the fields, you may be restricting the results of your search.
Very often surnames assumed to have 2 consonants such as Berresford, may only have one ie; Beresford or Berisford. Or, a name may be assumed to have an extra 'E' in the name such as Addey, may be recorded as Addy.
When searching for these types of names or streets you may want to use 2 or 3 letters of the name and * in the Surname field only - name i.e. *Ber* or *Add* so that you can see examples of the names that are in the database;
Street/Address field only - name i.e. *lisle* or *bro* or *Duke* so that you can see examples of the street names. Then you can be more specific with numbers ie; 12 Duke* etc.
When searching for a specific forename please use * at the side of the Forename - name. i.e. *Sara* or *Liz*. Or even just the SURNAME and * in the forename space. It will bring extra information up if there is any. e.g. Sarah Ann. Also keep in mind that names such as Thomas may be transcribed as Thos, John as Jno, William as Wm, Elizabeth as Liza, Eliza, Liz, Beth, etc., so full forenames may also restrict your results.
The wild card (*) at either side of name, company or occupation etc; will bring up middle names, company partners, multiple occupations if listed, etc.
Please note that the following symbols DO NOT WORK in the search fields in our databases as wildcards; % ? + ... It must be the asterisk (*).
If you need further advice on how to search or perhaps if the name you know should be in the database and still is not showing on the screen, Why not post a question on the Forum to see if someone else has already found them.
Census - Sheffield 1841
Census - Derbyshire Misc
School Name District
Returns any records where the name is WOOD.
Returns any records where the name is WOOD or ends in WOOD, i.e. GREENWOOD.
Returns any records where the name is WOOD or begins with WOOD, i.e. WOODHOUSE.
Returns any records where the name contains the word WOOD, i.e. WOOD, GREENWOOD, WOODHOUSE.
Recommended - Returns all records where the FOREname begins with ELIZA, i.e. ELIZA J., ELIZABETH, ELIZA JANE etc.
Searchable Forum & Family Finder Index
Find Similar Records
You may notice in your results at the bottom of each record a 'Find Similar' option.
In the census records, this option will allow you to'Find Similar in Same Area' meaning records in the nearby households and 'Find Similar in Same Household if Available' meaning records in the same households if the address is available in the database.
In the burial records, the 'Find Similar in Same Grave' feature will show all other people who may have also been buried in the same grave as in a family burial plot.
The 'Find Similar' options are also available in Baptisms, Marriages and Directories.
The 'Surname Match if Available' option is also available in all databases. This will match all records in the database with the same spelling of the last name as the record selected.
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