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This website contains thousands of records and you may find it easier to use the search facility provided above to locate items of interest to you. The website is fully searchable and uses an optical character recognition (OCR) program to recognise printed text. It should be kept in mind that this process is not foolproof and occasionally some words may not have been recognised. It is always worth looking at the index provided on the Results page to check for alternative spellings.


Search results are displayed on a separate page that will pop up on entering a search term. Click on the blue underlined file reference to navigate to the record containing the search term. You will be asked for a username and password to login to actual documents/ or images where provided.

Note: Use your browser return button/arrow to get back to the Results page or you will lose the results and have to search again.

Search Tips

Simple search

By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.

In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behaviour.

  1. phrase search

The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase

Example: "free search engine"

To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]

Example: [free search engine]

To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }

Example: {free search engine}

  1. + and - qualifiers

If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.

If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.

Example: +always -never

  1. * wildcard

If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.

Example: gift*

  1. ? wildcard

If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.

Example: b?G

  1. boolean search

You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital             letters.

Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*o

Advanced search

The advanced search box includes four text fields and a number of search controls.

To perform a search, enter your search terms in the appropriate text fields, select your desired search controls, and press "search".

The text fields include "all", "phrase", "any", and "none". Enter your query in one or more of these fields. A page must match all fields to be included in the result.

all - pages which include all of the terms entered in this field are returned

phrase - pages which include these terms together in this order are returned

any - pages which include any of these terms are returned

none - pages which include other selected terms, but none of these terms are returned. Note that this field cannot             be used alone, but must be combined with terms in the all, phrase, or any, fields.

Use the search controls to modify the default search behaviour.

number of results

The search engine can show from 1 to 25 results per page. Use this dropdown to select the number of results you             would like to see on each page.

description text

When a search is performed a snippet of text is shown from each page which matches the search. Use this             drop-down to control how much text you would like to see with each search result.

word stemming

Word stemming is used to match multiple forms of a word to a single query term. For example, when stemming is             on, the word "use" would also match "used" and "using", and the word "run" would match "runs" and "running".

Word stemming is language dependent and is not available for all languages. Use the drop-down to select the                  language you are searching in.

If you want only exact matches select "none" from the drop-down to turn word stemming off.

Note: when matching case or accent sensitive query terms, turn stemming off. If word stemming is combined with             case sensitivity or accent sensitivity, only the unstemmed portion of the word will be matched sensitively.

accent sensitive

By default accents in words are ignored for word matching. For example "März" would be the same "Marz". If             accent sensitivity is on the words "März" and "Marz" will be handled as different words.

case sensitive

By default upper and lower case characters in words are considered the same for word matching. For example             "march" would be the same "March". If case sensitivity is on the words "march" and "March" will be handled as             different words.