7 articles General Search Tips

General Search Tips

For a really broad topic, it may be necessary to search for smaller subsets of the topic. For example, to find articles about transportation, search for railroads, stage coaches, horses, wagons, or automobiles. To be even more specific, consider searching for names of individual companies, such as the Union Pacific or Denver & Rio Grande…

Searching for Geographic Place Names

Definition: the name of a location on the earth’s surface. It may be a natural feature, such as a mountain, river or the site of human activity, such as a city, town, county, mine, or ranch. Examples: Pike’s Peak, Platte River, Durango, Caribou Mine, Livermore Ranch. Search Strategy Place names and their spellings have changed…

Searching for Corporations, Churches, Organizations and Government Agencies

Abbreviations were commonly used in names for businesses and government agencies Mer. or Merc. for Merchants, Mercantile (Durango Mer. Trading Co.; Stein Merc. Co.) Bros. for Brothers (Teil Bros. Tailors) Dept. for Department (Labor Dept.) Commerce Dept., Department of Commerce, Commerce Department Variations of the official name of a corporation, church, organization, or government agency…

Searching for Events

The following examples are for one international and one local event found in the CHNC: International: First World War (1914-1918) Local: Ludlow (Colorado) Massacre, April 20, 1914 Definition: For the purposes of the CHNC database, an event is a noteworthy incident resulting in press coverage. In the CHNC, events can be of local, regional, national…

Searching for Proper Names

Proper names for people, corporations, churches, organizations, and government agencies present special difficulties for searching. People First names were seldom used for married women. Typically, the husband’s first name was used Mrs. Herbert Clark Mrs. C. E. McConnell Occasionally, abbreviations were used for some first names Wm. G. Faulhaber for William G. Faulhaber Chas. O.…