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Welcome to the new online home of NEHGS. Here are a few quick tips to improve your search experience.
A keyword search in which you enter a first name and last name - John Smith - is the most comprehensive search of all databases. Any companying information, such as a year and or a place name will narrow your search to more precise results. For example: Mary Jones 1726 Boston.Advanced Search offers 12 new searchable fields; in addition to entering names, dates, locations, and keywords, you can also search by category, specific database, or by record type.
Each search field executes an exact search unless a user employs a wildcard or engages Soundex. Exact searches are designed to cut down on unwanted results and, to the extent possible, eliminate false positive hits.
The keyword field and all other free text search boxes support the following wildcards:
AmericanAncestors.org only requires one character before using a wildcard.
To return to the search screen with all of your prior criteria persisting, click the "Refine Search" button