If you’re a member of Footnote
, the online database of digitized historical and genealogical records, you’re probably anticipating its addition of an advanced search. (The catchall name-place-date-topic search field doesn’t really do it for us, either.)
Your wish in the process of being granted: Footnote webmasters are beta testing an advanced search
. It has fields for First Name, Last Name, Place, Year and Keyword, and you can use a pulldown menu to select one records collection or search them all at once.
Then you can narrow matches by name, collection, year or place.
Give the advanced search a whirl and click the feedback link to tell webmasters what you thought. If you’re not a member of Footnote, you can search and get limited information. To view a document image, though, you’ll either need to pay $1.95 per view, or sign on at $59.95 per year or $7.95 per month.
Once you access a record image, the viewing experience is pretty slick, with a “film strip” showing the pages in the file, details about the record on the right side of the screen and links to members’ annotations and comments below that.
See for yourself: