Advanced Search

Use the Advanced Search to locate specific data.


Searches on this site have two options.

The Basic Search works as a full-text search for the entire website. Results are sorted by page results and items or item sets results.

The Advanced Search adds the option to limit by full text, values, item sets, and dates while giving more options to select for specific dates and durations. For example, you can search for a death date between the years of 1921 to 1926.


Basic Search

There is a basic search option near the menu for this site. It is located just beneath the main menu and appears on every page on the site.

This search bar works as a full-text search for the entire site. It will search all of the items, item sets, and media as well as the content of every page published on the site. Results are sorted by type, grouping together page results and item or item set results. From the initial results page, you can view all the results for that type (page, item) using the “view all results” link.

Advanced Item Set Search

Site visitors can access an advanced item set search from the Browse menu, or the Advanced Search menu. There is a link for Advanced search on the upper left of the Item Sets page, and at the top menu of each page.

Clicking the advanced search link loads a new page with three options for search:

Search full-text: runs a full-text search on all of the text for every item set in the installation.

Search by value: search for a term or phrase using multiple options.

The first selector allows you to specify a property to search. (Note that if you have the site settings to restrict search to templates, this will only display the properties used by those templates.)

The second selector allows you to set the relationship the property has with the value. The options are:

Finally, there is a text field for you to enter the value you want the property to have.

To find a resource ID, go to the resource and look at the url in your browser’s address bar. The numbers at the end of the url are the resource ID.

Search by class: select a class by which to search from the dropdown menu

Searches by value and class allow a visitor to search by more than one input; they can use the add new buttons to search with more than one search term. These search terms build — searching for two classes will return all item sets which have either class.

Site visitors can remove value and item set searches using the red trash can icon to the right of those search options.


The Numeric Data Search adds additional search options to the Advanced Search for items.

For each search option, you must select a specific property from the dropdown; if you are using Duration in two resource templates, one for Date of Birth and one for Date of Death, you would need to select the correct property from the resource template which you want to search. The dropdown will display the original property labels. If you hover over the properties in the dropdown, it will show you the resource templates which are using that property and to which the search will apply. If you select the clock icon, it will allow you to enter the hours, minutes and seconds.

Timestamp data has two search options, one for "Date comes before" and "Date comes after." Select the property for timestamp from the dropdown - only properties which are being used for timestamp will appear in the dropdown. 

Duration data, like timestamp data, has two options, for Duration is greater than and duration is less than. After selecting the property you want to search on, enter values for years, months, days, hours, minutes, or seconds.

Date in interval searches for a date within an interval. When searching on an interval, be as precise as possible. Because of the way that the module stores timestamps, the date you are searching must fall within the interval. So a search for the year 1924 would not turn up an event with interval September 12-15, 1924, because of the way the data reads the two dates. 

Integer data is searchable with "Value is less than" and "Value is greater than." As with the timestamp data, only properties which have numeric data will load in the dropdown.