Potts Database Search

ImportantPlease Read The Search Instructions and Hints First!

Database Revision Date: April 25, 2015

If you are a first time visitor, please view and print the instructions for reading and interpreting the Potts Database search results. Without this information you may have difficulty understanding all of the information provided. Please also examine the Database Structure (click on Database Structure at the bottom of this page).

When you have digested the instructions you can enter your search criteria into the fields below. You do not have to enter information in all of the fields. Too much search criteria may actually impair your search. Please carefully read the section Instructions For Entering Searching Criteria which is delineated below the entry form. The proper use of the wildcard symbol, %, is critical.

You also have scrolling access to the complete database, one alphabetical section at a time. For this type of search the database is alphabetically partitioned, e.g., A_Potts, B_Potts, C_Potts, etc., and you can scroll through the partition of your choice. You will given a List of Searchable Database Partitions and Extracts. The extracts are separate files of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish births. If you are searching for U.K. births the file names are PottsEng, PottsEng_sort, PottsScot, PottsScot_sort, PottsWales, PottsWales_sort, PottsIrel, and PottsIrel_sort. The files ending in -sort have been sorted by birth place (shire). To start, click here: Scrolling.

For normal Boolean (logical) searches, just enter your search criteria in the form below:

Enter Search Criteria:
Given Name(s)
Father's Given Name(s)
Mother's Maiden Name
Birth Year
Birth Location
Spouse1 (Maiden Name)
Marriage1 Year
Marriage1 Location
Death Year
Death Location
Ancestral Line
Clear the Form

Instructions For Entering Search Criteria

You can use the % sign as a wild card in any field. For example, if you are searching for a given name beginning with Jam (like James, Jamison, Jamerson, etc.), you can type just Jam% in the Given Names field. If you want to look for all children born to a particular set of parents enter the parents names (father's first name% [e.g., Jonathan%], and/or mothers maiden name% [e.g., Smith%]) in their respective fields.

For instance, a search for Thomas will only retrieve all those individuals who are listed as merely Thomas Potts. But a search for Thomas% will return those who had other given names after Thomas as a first name. And a search for %Thomas% will return all individuals who had Thomas as a first or subsequent given name, e.g., John Thomas Potts, or William Henry Thomas Potts.

A search for a birth year of 1830 will retrieve only those individuals whose birth is listed merely as 1830. A better way to search by birth date is to use %1830%. This will retrieve all individuals whose birth date includes 1830, i.e., including those that might be Ca. 1830 or 1830 Dec 12. You can also use %183% to search for all births listed from 1830 to 1839.

This technique should also be used for search by birth locations. For example a search for a John Potts born in the 1820s in Virginia would use: John% in the Given Name(s) field, %182% in the Birth Year field, and VA% in the Birth Location field. (Locations in the U.S.A. are listed as State, County, City or Town or Township in that order with the State abbreviated to the two letter U. S. Postal Code, in this case VA for Virginia. (Click here for a list of location abbreviations used in the database.)

You do not have to fill all the entry fields with criteria. In fact, it is better if you do not, as it will considerably shorten the search time, and you will probably find your target with just a few of the fields filled in. In any event, you can experiment to find out.

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