How To Use Retain Current Filters

This tutorial shows you how to drill down our search/browse results by using the very powerful Retain Current Filters function on the search results page

How To Search On A Page

This tutorial shows you how to perform an additional search on the contents of a selected page.

How to Download a Page or Clipping

This tutorial shows you how to download a full page to a pdf file and how to clip an article from that page and save that clipping as an image file.

Search Concepts

Your search criteria is just a sequence of letters that are matched against a search index that was created from the scan and OCR process applied to the subject newspaper page. Knowing how to develop your search criteria is the single most important factor that you can control in getting the search results that you are seeking.

Browse Concepts

Browse is sometimes a very effective way to find articles that OCR did not pick up correctly.  What that means is that the index created after the OCR process does not match the intended letters from the original scanned copy, so browsing may be your only way to find an article. This is very important to know.

Boolean Concepts

Boolean searching was developed by George Boole, an English mathematician. Essentially, Boolean searches provide the ability to combine words and phrases using the operators AND, OR, NOT to refine your search.

Search Results Page

This tutorial explains how to navigate and use the many functions available on the Search Results Screen, including refining searches, selecting results to view with the Image Viewer, etc.

Newspaper Page Image Handling

This tutorial explains how to use all the many different functions and features available after selecting an image to display, including zooming, page selection, searching on page, cropping, downloading and printing page images.

Using Advanced Search

This tutorial explains how to navigate and use the Advanced Search functions

Overview of All Screens

An overview of the features and functions of the Community History Archives

Use Abbreviations in Your Search

In older historic newspapers, abbreviations were used to save space. Abbreviations were used to shorten many words, so searching for an abbreviation as well as the “whole word” will provide you with many more relevant search results.

Use Keywords in Search Criteria When Seeking a Person

When entering our search criteria in the search box on the Search Portal, we often focus primarily on the name of the target person.  We might also search for a location or an address. or combine these with a name.

Change the Letters in Your Search

When searching online, you have certainly been puzzled by some of the search results (or lack thereof) that you have received. Creation of newspaper images and application of the OCR process does not always result in what you might expect. There is a simple explanation for these issues, and it all has to do with quality. But by merely changing some of the letters in your search criteria, you can improve your search results.

Don’t Search Just Names

If you are searching old newspapers to find an ancestor as part of your genealogy research, or you are searching for an event in these newspapers as part of a classroom assignment, or for history research, these tips all apply. Many times, we get stuck in searching just names, but there are excellent alternatives that will help you hone in on articles that apply to your research.