LHG Catalog Search Tips

How do I Search the Catalog and Effectively Find Resources in the Department?

  • Search the surnames you're researching, example: <surname> genealogy, or <surname> history
  • Search the geographic locations your ancestor's were from, example: Syracuse history, or Oswego genealogy
  • Search for records from geographic locations, examples: Marcellus births, Rochester cemetery, Utica church
  • Truncate your searches, instead of searching for churches try searching church* 
    Putting an *asterisk at the end of a word will give you results that include the words church and churches.
  • Less is more.  The fewer keywords you use, the more results you will get.  If you're getting too few results, use fewer keywords.  If you're getting too many results, use more keywords.