QFHSdatasearch, the software that powers our indexes, is a sophisticated tool. You can use it to control how to sort and search for and combine sets of data.
You can carry out a search using the Keyword Search or by filling out one or more search fields – or a combination of both. Please note that searches are not case sensitive, so Smith, smith, and SMITH will give the same result.
The Keyword Search (above the line) will search across all the fields in the database to locate records which include all the keywords you enter. You may have one or more keywords – they must be separated by a space if you enter more than one. You cannot use wildcards in Keyword searches.
The Field Search (below the line) allows you to enter data in the various search fields. Initially the fewer fields you fill out the better. If you try to complete all fields, your search may not be successful. Note that each search field can be modified by selecting one of the options under Match: Whole Field, Start of Field, Anywhere in Field.
You can include wildcards in your Field searches but not in Keyword searches.
Used in place of
one or more characters (or no characters)
S*th (in the Surname field) gives results including Smith, Samworth, Schneekloth.
? (question mark)
used in place of a single character
Sm?th (in the Surname field) gives results including Smith, Smyth.
Wildcards can be used in combination and at the start or end of your search term. They can be used in any field and in multiple fields simultaneously.
Example: Sm*th* (in the Surname field) and J??n in the Given Names field gives results including John Smith, John Smurthwaite, Jean Smyth.
Diacritic is the term given to foreign characters and diphthongs such as Æ, ð, ñ, ß and Ü. These correspond to the English alphabet character. Hence a search for MULLER would also yield any entries for MÜLLER. Note that terms containing diacritics will sort to the end of your results.
Your results are sorted initially by two columns, preset to Surname and Given Names. Your results can be then be sorted by other columns by changing the Sort By/2nd Sort settings or by clicking on a column header.
To reverse the sort order, click on the column header a second time.
To further sort by another column, hold the <SHIFT> key when you click on its column header. You could for example sort ascending by Surname and descending by Given Names.
For more help, visit QFHS on YouTube
Queensland Family History Society Tutorial Videos
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QFHSdatasearch Working Smarter
QFHSdatasearch Advanced Searches