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Detailed Searching

The Detailed Search form allows you to search for individuals using much stricter criteria.  You can use AND and OR modifiers and look for specific types of individuals in specific places.  Click the Detailed Search tab.

The search screen is reached by clicking the Search icon on the main view or the Search icon on the Name List.  You can also choose Find from the Search tab on the Ribbon bar.

 1.  Who To Look For
Select the type of person you want to find.  You can search for a Husband, a Wife, an Individual, which can either be a Husband or Wife, or a Marriage.

 2.  Field To Look In
You can look in any of the following locations for the information:

If Searching for Individuals:  
Individual RIN Relationship to Mother 
User ID Relationship 
Ancestral File Number Ancestor Interest 
Given Names Descendant Interest 
Surname Tag Level 1 to 9 
Soundex Code Imported 
Prefix Added Date 
Suffix Added Time 
Alternate Given Names Modified Date 
Alternate Surnames Modified Time 
Sex Event Name 
Birth Date Event Description 
Birth Place Event Date 
Christening Date Event Place 
Christening Place Event Notes 
Death Date Address Name 
Death Place Address Line 1 
Burial Date Address Line 2 
Burial Place Address Line 3 
Notes - Birth Address Phone 1 
Notes - Christening Address Phone 2 
Notes - Death Address Email 
Notes - Burial Address Homepage 
Notes - General Address Tag 
Notes - Research Address Private 
Notes - Medical Address Mailing List 
Cause of Death LDS Bapt Date 
Living LDS Bapt Temple 
Private LDS Bapt Place 
Never Married LDS Endowment Date 
Birthday Reminder LDS Endowment Temple 
Child Status LDS Sealed to Parents Date 
Relationship to Father LDS Sealed to Parents Temple 
If Searching for Marriages:  
Marriage ID Number Marr. Added Time 
Marriage Date Marr. Modified Date 
Marriage Place Marr. Modified Time 
Marriage Status Marr. Event-Name 
Marriage Status Date Marr. Event-Description 
Marriage Notes Marr. Event-Date 
Marriage Had No Kids Marr. Event-Place 
Anniversary Reminder Marr. Event-Note 
Marriage Tags 1 - 9 LDS Sealed to Spouse Date 
Marr. Added Date LDS Sealed to Spouse Temple 
 3.  How To Compare
You can search by using Equal To, Not Equal To, Before, After, Contains, Starts With, Sounds Like and Wildcard.  (Some types of searches do not include all these search methods.)  None of the searches are case sensitive;  upper and lower case letters always match.

Equal To:  Whatever you enter will be matched letter-for-letter.
Not Equal To:  Matches will be found for everything except what you enter.
Before and After:  Used for finding dates.
Contains:  Looks through the entire field to see if what you typed is found anywhere within it.
Starts With:  Matches fields that begin with what you entered.
Sounds Like:  Used to find surnames that sound like the name you entered.  Everything is converted to standard Soundex codes before comparing.
Wildcard:  Used to provide pattern matching, like Dav* or Berd?n.

 4.  What To Look For
Type in the information you want to find, or, for some searches like Tags or Child Statuses, select the item from the drop-down list box.  If you want to search for blank fields, don't enter anything in this field.

 Adding Search Criteria
You can specify up to three different conditions to search for.  To enable the next condition, check the Second then Third Condition box, choose AND or OR and fill in the search fields.

 Using AND and OR
If you select the AND option for a search condition, both of the search comparisons must be true in order for the individual to be selected.  For example:
Male, Last Name, Equal To, Johnson
Male, Birth Date, Before, 1 Jan 1950
displays all individuals who are Male, with a last name of Johnson and were born before 1950.

When you select the OR option, only one or the other (or both) of the search comparisons need be true to select the individual.  For example:
Individual, Title, Equal To, Duke
Individual, Title, Equal To, Duchess
will display all individuals, either male or female, that have either a title of Duke or Duchess.

If you use three search conditions, any search conditions using AND are done before any using OR. If the final result is true, the individual is displayed.  
Here are some examples of single and combined search conditions:

TRUE Displayed 
FALSE Not Displayed 
True AND True Displayed 
True AND False Not Displayed 
True OR False Displayed 
False OR True Displayed 
False OR False Not Displayed 
True AND True AND True  Displayed 
True AND True AND False Not Displayed 
True AND True OR False Displayed 
False OR True AND True Displayed 
False OR True AND False Not Displayed 
False OR False OR True Displayed 

Mathematically the searches work like this when using all three conditions:
 A OR B OR C        (any one of the conditions must be true to display the individual)
 (A AND B) OR C  (Both A and B must be true or C must be true to display the individual)
 A OR (B AND C) (Both B and C must be true or A must be true to display the individual)
 A AND B AND C (A, B, and C must all be true to display the individual)

5.  Start the Search.
One at a Time
To display the records one at a time, click Find First.  Legacy will find the first person matching the search criteria and display that individual on the screen in the current Family or Pedigree View.  You can then press F3 to move to the next person matching the search.  Shift-F3 moves backwards though the group.

Creating a List
To create a list containing all the individuals who match the search criteria, click Create List.  If you are creating a list, you can either begin a new list, add to an existing list or search a previously create search result group.  

Clear List before this search:  This option clears any existing search list before doing the current search.  The resulting search list will only contain the people from the current search.

Add results to existing List: Any previous search list is kept and the current search results are added to it.  This way you can combine two or more subsets of people into one list.

Only search the Search List:  This option causes Legacy to restrict its search to the existing search list.  For example, if the previously search list contains all the people born in Boston and you are now searching for all people that died of cancer, the result will be all the people who were born in Boston and died of cancer.

Other types of searches are:
Query By Example
Miscellaneous Searches
Missing Sources
Missing Information

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