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Advanced Searches can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results.

For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs.

Advanced Search uses OR as the default connector between words entered into the same category (e.g. a search for Markham OR Hotel will return records associated with Markham OR Hotel). Use AND to find records that contain multiple keywords (e.g. a search for Markham AND Hotel will return records associated with both Markham AND Hotel). To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Bemidji Water Carnival Parade"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.