Search for variations on search term

How can I search for variations on a search term?

There are several special characters you can use to alter the behavior of searching on terms.

" "

When you enclose a phrase in double quotes, your search results will match the phrase exactly. For example, the phrase "women and history" will find matches with the exact phrase women and history in them. If you enter women and history in the search field, your results will include all matches with the words women and history in them.

( )

When you enclose a logical group of terms and operators in parentheses, HeritageQuest® Online will assign a higher precedence to that grouping of terms. For example, smith NEAR john AND Boston evaluates the smith NEAR john part first, but smith NEAR (john AND Boston) evaluates john AND Boston first.


Adding a * to the end of a root word will match all words that begin with that set of letters. For example, a search on book* will display results that include book, books, bookmarks, bookkeeping, etc.


When you add a ? to the end of a root word, it will match all words that have a single character following the root word. For example, a search on book? will bring back results that include book and books.

All search terms, unless modified by EXACT or parentheses, will be searched by stemming. (For example, book will match book, books, booked, booker, etc.)