Name: Enter either a first or last name. At the present time, at least one character is required in a name field. Note: The application at this time can't search for middle names, so it's best to omit the middle name when searching. The database displays results as an exact match unless the wildcard character is used.
Once the search criteria are entered and you click search, the database displays the search results in a list. Clicking on the hyperlinked name takes you to the Person Profile, which is a page representing all the information we have gathered on this particular Early Oregonian. The Person Profile also lists any additional information, such as associated records and federal census records, in their own tabs. State census records are displayed in the associated records tab. You can also navigate between Person Profiles by clicking the “Next” and “Previous” links. There are also page numbers at the top of the page, as the database will only
display 20 results per page. Clicking on the numbered pages will navigate through the search results.
County: A location can also be used in searching. At the present time, only one county can be selected. The list includes all current Oregon counties plus additional counties of Champoeg, Clark, Island, King, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston, Tuality and Vancouver.
Date Range: A date range can be very helpful when searching. The date range for Early Oregonians is 1700 – 1970. For example, if you wanted to find all Early Oregonians that lived in Marion County 1850 – 1880. If you are using the date range, the end date is not required. If left blank, the database will default to 1970.
Is there a wildcard? Yes. The wildcard character (*) can be used along with at least two other characters. For example, searching for Smith last name and Jo* for first name will return all the Smiths last name and contains Jo in the first name. The wildcard can be used on either last name or first name.
Are there special characters I can use in the search? Yes. There are currently three special characters. The apostrophe (‘), dash (-), and space ( ) can be used in searching. For example, O’Neal, A-Wi-Yw Lucy.