On this site, the quick search is searching across the title and description fields. Where more than one term is entered, the default is an AND search.

Advanced search
By default the search will look for the word or words you have entered. You can however choose to change the default search criteria by clicking Refine Search Criteria. There are three ways of refining the search option:

  • With all the words

  • With at least one of the words

  • Without the words

The field may also link to a separate authority file e.g. Terms. To search in this field, you can either:

  • type a word into the Term search field and click Search

  • type a word into the Term search field and click the [Terms] button to the right of the field.

If the term you have entered exists in the authority file the term will be displayed along with any broader, narrower, related terms. It is then possible to browse across other terms. When you click Select, the term currently selected will copy across to the Advanced Search screen. If the term you have entered does not exist in the authority file you will have the option to either go back to the Advanced Search screen or browse all the top level terms.

When you view a full record you will see options to Add, View or Delete Bookmarks.

The bookmark allows you to bookmark or flag a record for viewing later in the same search session.

To bookmark a record, simply click Add Bookmark. If the record already has a bookmark then Delete Bookmark will display instead.

Clicking View Bookmark at any time will list in full record view all records currently bookmarked. This allows the user to review a specific list of records or to print them off.

Any text

Use this field to search across all the text fields in the entire database. You can enter any word or phrase here just as you would in a web search engine like Google. For example, to find out if we have the records of a particular Westminster parish or business, enter the name here and click on the Search button at the bottom of the screen


Use this field to search across the entries in the title field of all of our records. This should give you rather more specific results than those you would get using the "any text" search

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