Ryan Genealogical Database Search Facility


Using Search Effectively


Welcome to the Ryan Database search facility!

We hope your visit here will be both fruitful and educational.

The search page is subdivided into a number of boxes, each representing the ability to search the database using different categories of data.

For the broadest view of our data, please use the General Information box - it allows searching by Surname and Given name of an individual and will return details which may lead you to information from the other categories. The 'Relation #' field will be explained further shortly.

As with all the categories on the search page, searching will take place using the data entered only - a field can be left blank and data matching the other fields will be returned. Leaving all fields blank will return EVERY record on the database, in pages of 50 names each. You will be able to move backwards and forwards through these items at will.

The Baptismal, Marriage, Cemetery and Passenger Ship boxes allow more targeted searching. 

Date fields are held internally in the database in the form 'YYYY MM DD', so for example the 23rd March 1854 would be stored as '1854 03 23'. 

A full or partial date may be entered in the date fields - but it must always be in the 'YYYY MM DD' order. 

A date range search can be performed by entering an 'ending date' in the TO date field. If the TO field is left blank, a search on the FROM date only will take place. To search from 1850 to 1870 inclusive, you would place 1850 in the FROM field and 1871 in the TO field ( the FROM date is included, the TO date is not ).  

To search a particular decade, for instance the 1850s, enter 185 in the FROM field. Any data with a date in the 1850s will be returned. Likewise, if you wish to restrict your search to March, 1902 enter "1902 03" - the space is required!

Soundex searching is a mechanism, often used in genealogical research, to allow searches of surnames on a 'sounds like' basis. For example, Lally and Lalley may well be variations on the same surname - Soundex will return both of these if Lally is entered as the surname and the soundex box is ticked. Soundex will not return similar surnames that start with different letters e.g. Ryan and Mulryan.

The SEARCH METHOD field on the search forms offer the user more control over the way the data is searched. The default 'ANYWHERE in Field' will find the value being searched anywhere in the database field, if it exists. Thus, if you enter the Given Name 'John', then all records with 'John' in the Given Name field will be returned including 'John', 'John Paul', 'Michael John', 'Johnny', etc. The other options are 'BEGINNING of Field', 'END of Field' and 'EXACT Match'.

Finally, the data returned can be ordered according to the field specified in 'SORT BY'. If the Surname or Given name is used as the 'SORT BY' value ( the default ), then the records will be sorted by Given name within Surname, otherwise what you specify is what you get!

A special mention for the 'Related #' field in the General Search box. Every record returned has a 'Related #' number - this will identify records on the database where the individuals are all related e.g. fathers, mothers, siblings, etc. These can be accessed from the individual result pages directly or if you know the Related # number you are interested in, then entering it directly in the General Search box will list those records only.

Now, you have enough information to start searching! Good Luck! 

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