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* Search Instructions Tip & Techniques *

Remember, your objective here, is to find YOU in the system. The concept here is that someone, somewhere, is looking for you. They may have posted a note to you here in our Who? Me? system, using bits and pieces of what they could remember about you. So you are going to be entering search criteria in the Power Search page, that will find notes meant for you.

All fields are optional. If you enter search information in 3 three fields (e.g. Field1 = Last Name, Field2 = First Name and Field3 = City) then the search is performed on just those three fields and there must be a match on all three to get any results to your search. This search is represented as 'Field1 AND Field2 AND Field3'.

Example: 'Last Name: Chen, First Name: Lee, City: Kunming' would produce a search for notes that have Chen AND Lee AND Kunming.

All searches are case insensitive, meaning capitalization is not important.

There are two approaches to searching notes that should yield the best possible chance of finding all notes in our system that are meant for you ..

  1. Basic Search: Search using your last name. If that produces to many hits, then refine the search by including your gender. You can further refine it by then adding your year of birth. If you have had more than one last name, then you can search on up to 6 last names, separated by a semicolon (;).
  2. Town Search: In the "Cities/Towns you have lived in" field, enter the names of all the towns/cities you have lived in, separated by a semicolon (;), then refine it with either your last name(s) and/or your gender.
Good hunting!

Examples Power Search Button
  LAST NAME

May search on up to 6 last names at a time, separated by a semicolon (;)
This is case insensitive (e.g. Miller = miller = MILLER). If you enter 'Mill', with the 'Same as' selected, you will see all notes to 'Mill' only, with the 'Start with ..' selected, you will see names that start with 'Mill' (e.g. Mill, Miller, Mills, Millensky, etc.)

If you have had a name change along the way or if you are aware of several spellings for your last name, then try each spelling you are aware of. If your last name could be spelled with different endings (e.g. McNeal or McNeil) then type in enough of the last name to satisfy all versions (e.g. McN) and see what comes up using the 'Start with' setting.

If your name could have been misspelled (Smyth / Smith or Chun / Chung or Shirk / Sherk, etc.) then you might want to search on more than one spelling variation on your name. There may be a note in the system for you, just with the last name misspelled. Using 'Same as' enter each name separated with a semicolon (;) (e.g. 'Smyth; Smith')
 
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  FIRST NAME This is case insensitive (e.g. James = james = JAMES). If you enter 'J', with 'Same as' selected, you will see all notes to 'J', with the 'Start with' selected, you will see names that start with 'J' (e.g. James, Jim, Jimmy, etc.)  
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  PET/NICK NAME This is case insensitive (e.g. Jim = jim = JIM). If you enter 'J', with 'Same as' selected, you will see all notes to 'J', with the 'Start with' selected, you will see names that start with 'J' (e.g. James, Jim, Jimmy, etc.)  
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  DAY & MONTH OF BIRTH These two are used together.
If you want to search for all notes in the system with your birthday, enter your Day and Month of Birth here and your Year of Birth below.

If you are curious, just for the fun of it, you can search for all notes in the system where someone is having a birthday today somewhere in the world. Search for all notes using just today's day and month.
 
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  YEAR OF BIRTH Should be a 4 digit year 'YYYY' (e.g. 1954 or 1989)

Example: If you are a male, born in 1944. You might find it interesting to enter Gender='M' and Year Born = '1944'. Hit 'Search' and see how many notes are found that might be meant just for you.

Years of Spread
[Default(*)= 3+/- years for Adoption, 5+/- years all others]
A special search capability involves the Years of Spread (+/- years). When someone leaves a note to you they may have put your year of birth down correctly, but then again, they may have guessed at it and missed your actual year of birth by 2, 3, or more years. We have settled on using a default setting (represented as '*') of +/- 5 years for most notes searches and +/- 3 years for Adoption related notes. We found that people leaving adoption related notes tend to have a much more accurate idea of a person's actual year of birth. You can either just accept our default '*' setting, when you are searching for notes, or you can specify just what range or spread of years you want to include in your search. The choice is yours.
 
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  GENDER Click either male or female or leave blank. Specifing your current gender will catch all notes where the person who left the note knew your correct gender. But, it will miss all notes where they, for one reason or another, did not know your gender or didn't enter your correct gender. One specific reason the gender may not be known is in the instance where an organization (Group) is looking for 3000 x-members and they never kept any record of gender.  
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  HAIR / EYE COLOR Select your hair/eye color from the drop down list. This tends to be used in frequently by those people posting notes. But if you have some unique colors.. try it.  
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  CITY, STATE

May search on up to 6 City or State/Province names at a time, separated by a semicolon (;)
You might want to look for notes by entering the names of towns or cities where you have lived. Someone may be looking for you where they couldn't remember your name, but remembered the town you used to live in.  
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  COUNTRY Our database of posted notes references over 70 countries from around the world. A great many notes include the person's last known country. If you receive a very large number of hits from a search query, you might want to limit the search to countries where you have lived.  
Examples Power Search Button
  SSN or
SPECIAL ID


May search on up to 6 ID Numbers at a time, separated by a semicolon (;)
If you have any special ID number (e.g. US Social Security Number, Military ID Nbr, Birth Certificate Number, etc.) try entering that/those numbers. Someone may have left a note with that ID in the note. This would of course take a lot of the guess work out of the process. If you find a note with a unique ID number, this note is most definitely meant for you. Comment: The search is performed on the number exactly as you enter it. US Social Security Numbers are formatted as XXX-XX-XXXX and all other ID numbers (Military, Birth, etc) are formatted with alpha/numeric characters only. (Do not use any spaces,$#@%^&!()~ characters in your ID Number search string). Example: If you enter your Social Security ID Number enter [123-45-6789] or Military ID [RA123456] etc. You may search on both, in the same search, by entering [123-45-6789; RA123456].  
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  GROUP

May search on up to 6 group or organization names at a time, separated by a semicolon (;)

If you have ever been part of or belonged to any group (company, society, organization, school, association, etc) then you might enter this name and see if it shows up in the system. Comment: Some of these group entities may be looking for hundreds or thousands of people (as in a University looking for thousands of lost alumni for reunion purposes), so you may have to enter a few letters of your last name to narrow the search.

Example: If you graduated from Northport High School and then graduated from Lafayette College, then worked for Western Electric for the first 4 years before moving on to other jobs, you could perform a search for [Gender=M, Group='Northport High School, Lafayette College, Western Electric'] to see if someone is looking for you based on these two criteria.

 
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  KEYWORD SEARCH

May search on up to 6 search words or phrases at a time, separated by a semicolon (;) = OR
If you enter a key word or phrase our system will look through all the extraneous data fields for that unique word or phrase. This might be any hobbies, clubs, public projects, interests you have had over the years, it might be family member names (your sister's/brothers name), your hair color if it is unique (red, white, etc.). This field represents anything someone might have remembered about you that doesn't fit anywhere else.  
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  REASON The 'Reason' category in the following examples gives the user a chance to view the database by the reason someone may be looking for you. The thought here is that it may be entirely possible for someone to have a good reason to find you, but they don't remember or don't know your name as might be the case with adoptions for example. So they posted the note without a name. If you look for all notes posted to a name you will miss their note. Looking for notes by reason, age and gender might give you a opportunity to find other notes to you where they do not know your name. All notes posted to the system without a name will appear as 'Unknown' in the last name field.  
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  ID The 'ID' category is a special and separate search criteria. Leave this field empty unless you wish to retrieve a specific note and you know the ID of the note. If this field is present then it will over-ride all other search criteria and retrieve ONE specific note. To retrieve a specific note enter the note's unique ID number and select search.  



* Examples *
Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4

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You want to see if someone is looking for you and your last name is, for sake of example, 'Turner'. Consequently, you then will want to search for all occurrences in the database where the 'Last Name = Turner'. Because different people may remember you with a different first name or may spell it differently (e.g. Richard = Rich = Dick = Rick), you will want to, for starters anyway, just use the last name. (Note: If your last name is very common such as Smith, Mendez, Chen, or Gupda, you might want to limit the number of retrieved records to some manageable amount such as 20 or 50)

Query
       Last Name = Turner  ('Same as' x)
      First Name = 
   Year of Birth = 
          Gender = 
          Reason = 

   Click on 'Start Name Search' button

Results This will produce a list of ALL the notes in the database where the Last Name is 'Turner', sorted Last Name (Ascending) then First Name (Ascending). Last First Age Gender Reason Turner, James 52 M Friend Turner, William 55 M Adoption OR ... Query Last Name = Turner ('Start with ..' x) First Name = Year of Birth = Gender = Reason = Click on 'Start Name Search' button
Results This will produce a list of ALL the notes in the database where the Last Name starts with 'Turner', sorted Last Name (Ascending) then First Name (Ascending). Last First Age Gender Reason Turner, James 52 M Friend Turner, William 55 M Adoption Turnera, Richard 75 M Money Turnery, Beth 29 F Group

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You found far to may notes for 'Turner'. You want to refine the search to those notes that are more likely going to refer to you. You may do this by entering your 'Year of Birth'. This will serve to reduce the list of selected notes to those that have a year of birth +/- 5 years of the year you enter here. If someone entered a year of birth on a note intended for you, more than likely they could come within +/- 5 years of your correct year of birth. Meaning they had a pretty good idea of how old you are and when you were born. Then to refine it even further, you might include your gender.

Query
   Last Name     = Turner  ('Same as' x)
   First Name    = 
   Year of Birth = 1943
          Gender = M
          Reason = 

   Click on 'Start Name Search' button

Results Similar to example 1 above, this will produce the same list as above, but restricted to just those notes where the individual was born within 5 years of the year specified. Last First Age Gender Reason Turner, James 52 M Friend Turner, William 55 M Adoption

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Since you may be the object of a someone's note in the system where they, for one reason or another, don't know your name, as might be the case in adoptions, you may want to look for all notes that are within 5 years of your birth date and play with variations of Gender and Reason. If you are looking for notes without a last name then the Keywords/Phrases be come more significant.

Exception: The exception here is that you may not see all of the Money notes. For security reasons, the individual who left the note, may have designated that, for the note to be found, a significant number of characters of the last name would have to matched in a search operation. This might be desired in order that the note would not be visible to anyone scanning the Money reasons with malicious intent. If, when entered, a note's Last Name field significant characters were set to '0' the note will be display without any special Last Name field filtering.

Click on 'Start Name Search' button

For this example, a list of notes will be displayed where the Birth Year field of a system note will be within 5 years of the search year 1943 (eg. 1938 to 1948) and the significant Last Name characters equal to 0, the Gender equals 'M' (Male) and any Reason. The list will then be sorted by Last Name.

Query
   Last Name     = 
   First Name    = 
   Year of Birth = 1943
          Gender = M
          Reason = Adoption (or Money)
          Sort   = Age (Ascending or Descending). 

Results Last First Age Gender Reason KeyWord Unknown, 49 M Adoption Other=3 Brothers 1 sister Locale=Cincinnati, OH Unknown, 50 M Adoption Special Word=St Lukes Hospital Locale=Mobile, AL Unknown, 52 M Adoption Special Name=Smiths' Orphanage Locale=Tucson, AZ or Unknown, 48 M Money Special Name=Smiths' Orphanage Locale=Tucson, AZ Morris, James 49 M Money Special Name=Uncle Joe Locale=Boston, MA Barker William 50 M Money Company Name=Amoco Oil Locale=Oklahoma Oil Field Unknown, 52 M Money Special Name=Smiths' Orphanage Locale=Tucson, AZ Turnera, Richard 52 M Money Special Name=Bob Jenkins Other=Can buy back now. Adams, Barry 56 M Money Company Name=Seattle Trust Company Locale=Chicago

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Perhaps you might try entering all the towns you ever lived in and your gender. See what pops out

Query
   City     =  Lawton
   State    =  OK
   Gender   =  F
          or 
   City     =  Tampa
   State    =  FL
   Gender   =  M

Results Last First Age Gender Reason KeyWord Jones, Richard 39 M Friend Hair=White Hobby/Interest=Chess Chen, Lee 56 M Career School=St Mathews Deaf School Locale=Mobile, AL Unknown, 35 F Group Special Name=Jarvis Locale=Tucson, AZ

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