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Searching for Records on Interment.net

cemetery records searchThe search engine has been the most popular feature on Interment.net since it was first introduced in 2000.

When it was first launched, it was powered by Microsoft's Index Server, which is a very robust search engine, indexing documents instanteously as we uploaded, edited, and removed transcriptions. But it wasn't able to handle the massive volume of search queries minute-by-minute, and it consumed a lot of server resources which only slowed down the website.

In March 2009 we replaced it with Google's CSE (Custom Search Engine), which offers the same robust searching capabilities, but is more than capable of handling the large search queries. And because all the searching is done on Google's end, it allows our web server to run more quickly. However, because Google CSE relies on Googlebot to index uploads, edits, and deletions, it doesn't have the instantaneous updating that Index Server has, though it still seems to update within a couple of days.

Search Techniques

Because Interment.net's search engine is now based Google's search engine, you can use the same search arguments and operators that you use with Google.

 

 

TIP: Enter a name either first name first, or last name first.

John Doe
Doe, John

It doesn't matter which name you put first. You will get all matching results either way.

 

 

TIP: Use quotation marks if you want EXACT matching.

"John Doe" 

will force the search engine to find records that match exactly that spelling and order.

 

 

TIP: Add an asterisk (*) to find partial matching.

kinca* 

will return matches on KINCAID, KINCADE, and KINCAIDE

 

 

TIP: Add "site:" parameter to restrict search to specific folder.

kincaid site:*/data/us/ca

will find all records matching "kincaid" in California cemeteries.

 

kincaid site:*/data/us/ca/orange

will find all records matching "kincaid" in Orange County, California cemeteries.

 

 

TIP: Add the region name to your search query...

john doe california

This will find all pages that include all of those words. Since all cemetery transcriptions published on Interment.net include the country, state, province, county, shire, etc., you can use that to limit your search results. But it's not the most effective way to restrict searches to a specific region.

 

 

TIP: Search for a specific cemetery.

el toro memorial park

This will search for a cemetery named "El Toro Memorial Park".

 

 

TIP: Search for a region.

Albany, NY
King County, WA
Queensland, Australia

This will find cemetery transcriptions that match these regions.

 

More Advanced Search Help - tips and tricks on using Interment.net's search engine, visit Google's Help Page on advanced searching...

http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=136861

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