Search Options

There are four (4) searches necessary to thoroughly search this entire site.

For example: the surname Jablonski is found on four (4) webpages with the Site search at no. 2, found in 3 additional Daily Advocate articles at search no. 3, and is mentioned in 13 additional Quarterly article pages at search no. 4.

Please read these search tips before you begin.

1. FreeFind search tool

Will search pdfs and text on the entire site will be enabled sometime after launch.

2. Site search tool

Pdf files are not searched, just text on the webpages. Please read search tips.

3. Search the Belleville Daily Advocate here

This standalone database indexes vital statistics and articles about births, marriages, and deaths published in that newspaper. SCCGS provides a copy service to retrieve the articles.

4. Search the Quarterly here

This standalone database has 250,000 surnames published in our Quarterly since 1978, a must-do search. Note that pdfs divided by alphabet letter are also available at the link.


Site search matches (number 1 and 2 above) are displayed in a ‘hit’ list. FreeFind and the Site search with WordPress are each whole-site search tools with exceptions. Stand-alone databases must be searched independently (number 3 and 4 above).

To keep your search results page available while investigating the hit,

  • hover the mouse over a ‘hit’ then right click
  • choose Open in new tab, or Open in new window.

FreeFind search

  • When installed, the FreeFind search should find matching words in all PDFs and pages on this site.
  • In the meantime, individual PDFs may be opened and searched at the link shown a particular page. Read PDF search tips below.

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Site search tool with WordPress

Does not search:

  • Portable document files (PDF). Use the FreeFind Search tool when it becomes available. In the meantime, individual PDFs may be opened and searched at the link shown a particular page. Read PDF search tips below.
  • Special databases, i.e., Quarterly surname index and Daily Advocate. See links to these above.

Will find:

  • John May [no quotes]
    • on all pages with John only and May only
    • on all pages with John and May but not necessarily next to each other
  • “John May” [with quotes] as this exact string of letters, e.g., John May and John Mayer, but only where the data [name or words] are written in paragraphs or lines of text.


  • Quotes around two or more words will miss data displayed in tables, e.g., most newspaper obituary index pages on this site (click for table example).
    • Here are some workarounds. Try searches:  with and without quotes; or just the surname; or choose a specific Collection from the main menu and search each resource shown there.
  • Words in a Tab or Toggle*, will be found, however, if the word is in a closed tab or toggle, each must be opened to find the word.
    • This site limits tabs and toggles to pages with lengthy introductions or general information, not ancestral data pages per se. For example, the word integrity is part of the Code of Ethics, yet the Site search ‘hit’ lands on the About Membership page. Each tab there must be opened (click/tap) to find the word. A toggle is pictured below.
    • We apologize if tabs or toggles are inconvenient.
  • Total pages found are numbered at the bottom of the hit list. Follow the prompts to work your way through all the hits!

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Find words on long pages

A browser’s Find feature will navigate quickly to words sought on very long webpages:

  • With Windows, press and hold the Control key then click the F (Find) key, release.  Another way: on your browser’s tool bar, look for and click/tap Find or Find on this page.
  • As illustrated, a box will appear near the top of the page. As a word is typed in the box, the browser highlights the word on the page.
  • Note that 1/52 in the box tells how many instances of that word are on the page. Click the up and down arrows to navigate through the matches. Note also that thin colored lines in the right margin (usually yellow) mark each location of that word on the page.
  • Some page use toggles which must be expanded for a browser to find a word within.

*This is a Toggle:

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Search a PDF

PDF is a portable document file, each of which open with the free Adobe Reader. Most modern browsers come with this tool installed.

The browser Edge might need its settings changed to open PDFs with Adobe Reader, in which case it may be beneficial to download and install the free Adobe Reader independent of a browser.

Search each PDF file individually, many are on the website. The Site search with WordPress tool does not find words inside a PDF, e.g., PDFs for the Quarterly surname indexes, the surname indexes on our Book page, and Schwarz Funeral Home records.  Use the FreeFind search when available. In the meantime, this is how to search a PDF:

  • Click the pdf link to open it.
  • On your keyboard press and hold the Control key then click the F (Find) key; release both keys.
  • A “Find box” appears near the top of the webpage. Type all or part of a word and tap the Enter key on the keyboard.
  • To navigate to the next word on the page, either tap the Enter key, or click the Previous or Next buttons.
  • Close the PDF when finished. Tip: many of this site’s PDFs may be downloaded.

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