Searches in all fields (title, description, creator, subjects, full text, etc.) in all collections for christmas and cards.
Searches in the title field in all collections for "bible record"
Searches in the title field in the 1901 Confederate Pension Applications collection for smith or smyth or smythe.
2. Search Tips
Using an asterisk (*) at the end of a search term will search for results with none, or any number of any characters appended to the root search term. For example, test* will find results with the words "test," "tests," "tested" and so on.
Punctuation marks (like dashes, commas, and periods) are searched the same as letters and number. For example, "well-known" will find different results than "well known".
Search by Date
In the Advanced Search area, you can search by date. Use the drop-down list to specify a date range, or to search after, before, or on a particular date. Entering a year (yyyy) is required to perform a search. You also can search by month and day.
Results of date searches may surprise you! Why? Because "Date" may refer to either: (1) when material was published/created, or (2)the time period described by the material.
How do I search for words within the full text of a document?
While most items with text are full text searchable, some are not. Handwritten documents, for example, are only full text searchable if they are
This site allows for two levels of searching:
Searching for items
Searching within items
Searching for items
You can look for all documents that contain specific words by entering your search terms in the simple search box or the advanced search box. By default, the search box searches across all fields, including full text.
Searching within items
Once you have found the item you are interested in, you will next need to find where your term appears in the item. There are four ways to do this:
Click the "Text Search..." button above the viewing pane and enter your search term. Results will appear in the Thumbnails/Content pane on the right, but search terms will not be highlighted in the document itself.
Download the file and search using Adobe Reader. Search terms will be highlighted in the document.
Depending on your browser, there may be a search box within the PDF that highlights the search terms in the document.
Click "View PDF & Text" button to the top right of the viewing pane. You will be taken to a new page with the full text on the left, and the page on the right. Note: This method may be extremely slow, depending on the size of the document
Can I search across all collections?
Yes! This site, the North Carolina Digital Collections, has over 30 different collections. You can search across all of the collections, a few of the collections, or within just one collection. You can add or remove collections to your search in the Advanced Search area, or at the top left of the database where it says "Add or remove other collectiosn to your search".
Which are the best collections for doing genealogical research?
The North Carolina Digital Collections has over 30 different collections. Several of these are especially likely to be helpful for genealogical research, including:
Family Records Collection (link to landing page)
1901 Confederate Pension Applications
Alien Registration and Naturalization
There are also many more historical collections in which the names of ancestors may appear:
North Carolina Newspapers
Women, Marriage, and the Law
Selections from Print Collections
State Publications (I and II)
We also suggest performing searches across all collections. Although you are likely to turn up many non-relevant results, you may find what you are looking for in an unexpected place.
Division of Negro Education: Correspondence of the Supervisor, Rosenwald Fund. These materials are presented as folders rather than as items due to the amount of information in the Rosenwald Fund files. For more information about the Rosenwald Fund, see the related NCPedia entry and North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office page on the Rosenwald schools.
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