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By using this search engine it will only search,, and The benefit is of course that all the results will have something to do with Scotland or Canada. You can just default to searching "All Domains" but you can also search each individual domain and also select to exclude pdf files. The reason for this last option is that when we add pdf files to the site we often ocr in the contents page and/or Preface which means you can get information on the pdf file before downloading it.

Some tips on using our site search engine

  1. On looking for a Mac name. In my case I am a McIntyre but there are also MacIntyre and M'Intyre so to search for all variables you can search for M*Intyre where the * will pick up ac, c, and '. You can also use the ? sign as well.

  2. Two word or more searches. Let us say you were looking for Fort William.  Doing a search for that will of course find Fort William but it will also find any pages with both Fort and William. So to get more focused results you can put your search with in quotes ("") meaning if you searched for "Fort William" it will only give results for Fort William and not Fort or William.

  3. Searching for a name. Quite often you find yourself searching for a particular spelling of a name  Spelling of names can be a nightmare as so often spellings changed for many reasons. The person you are looking for might have been a Gaelic speaker and so when they pronounced their name on entering the USA the clerk there would often have spelt it as it sounded and thus got it wrong.  Many people weren't able to read and write and so they wouldn't have known that their name was spelled incorrectly. Our advice is thus to try alternative spellings. Say the name out loud and see if you can't find any alternative ways to spell the name.  It's amazing how often this will find some previously hidden information. For example I remember talking to one person who had been searching for years for the "Scots American Land Company" and had found nothing. It was only when someone suggested looking for the "Scotch American Land Company" that he hit pay dirt!

  4. Alternative spellings of a family name. Quite often names are spelled differently and if you were to check out our clan pages you often find listed on the clan page alternative spellings of a name. We don't claim any particular accuracy here but these are spellings that have been used.  So you may wish to check the appropriate clan page to note the different possible spellings of your name and then incorporate that into your searches.  Another source for names is "The Surnames of Scotland" by George F. Black. Often this publication will reveal other spellings. And one I use myself from time to time is "Tartan for Me" by Philip D. Smith. And so when doing genealogy research do check for any alternative spellings and then use our search engine to see what you might find. An example of this is if you take the name Durie then by looking at the book Surnames of Scotland under that entry you will also find mentioned Durry, Dury, Doray, Dure, Durye, Dovary and Duray mentioned.

  5. Using case sensitive Advanced Search.  When looking for a name such as "grey" you'll note that as well as being a surname it's also a colour and so to reduce the search results it is worth entering Grey with a capital G and then using the advanced search option to select case sensitive and thus prevent search finding all the grey colours.  This is not to say that grey the surname might not be spelled with a lower case g but this might help.  For example looking for that name with lower case g search will find 6011 links but when you use Grey with advanced search and case sensitive checked it finds 2802 links.

  6. Word stemming Advanced Search
    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. If you want only exact matches select "none" from the advanced menu to turn word stemming to none. For example I was looking for the Island of Tiree and so just entered Tiree into the search and it found 5446 items including words such as
    tired, tire, tires, tiring and so when I turned stemming off it found just 362 items which is a huge difference.


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