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  1. Browse Records
  2. Category Search
  3. Personal Name Search
  4. Image Screen

Browse Records

The browse function presents the entire collection of 48 images for viewing. The images are arranged in numerical order, which reflects the existing order of the originals.

  • To activate the browse query function click Browse Records. A thumbnail listing of all the documents in the collection will appear in the search results screen.
  • The thumbnails display with their corresponding two-part Image id.
  • To select an image click on its thumbnail.
  • Only one image may be selected at a time.
  • The corresponding image will now be retrieved and will appear in the image screen.
  • To move to the next or another image, either click Back to return to the thumbnails page and select another image thumbnail or use the Navigation functions available in the image screen.
  • Click Help to return to these instructions.
  • For further instructions go to the image screen help.

Category Search

The processing archivist assigned a record type or category to each original document. These types were either taken from the document text itself or supplied by the archivist based on an examination of the record and a familiarity with court record terminology. The following categories are used:

- Packet Cover
- Will
- Petition for Probate of Will
- Proof of Will
- Decree
- Oath
- Letter
- Envelope
- Letters of Executorship
- Citation
- Petition
- Order to Set Down
- Order
- Proof of Publication
- Fee Bill
  • To select a category click on the desired term from the category list.
  • Each term is followed by the number of images in each category enclosed in brackets.
  • One or multiple categories may be selected.
  • Click Submit Query to activate the search.
  • All images designated as that category will now be retrieved and displayed on a category results screen.
  • Click Clear Query to deselect all selected categories.
  • Click the checkbox next to a selected category to deselect that category only.
  • Click Help to return to these instructions.

Search Results Screen (Category Search)

A category search produces a thumbnail listing of all the images in the selected category, which appears in the search results screen. A statement that identifies the number of images in the requested category precedes the thumbnail listing.

  • The image thumbnails are arranged in numerical order and display with their corresponding two-part Image id.
  • To select an image click its thumbnail.
  • Only one image may be selected at a time.
  • The corresponding images will now be retrieved and will appear in the image screen.
  • Click Help to return to these instructions.
  • For further instructions go to the image screen help.

Personal Name Search

Each original document was indexed for personal names. The Personal Name Search function enables retrieval of images in which a particular name appears.

Variant Name Forms/Spellings

Please be aware that the collection contains variant spellings of many names. The search capability is not hindered by variant forms or spellings of a particular name and links all variations to a primary name form. A search on a particular name will retrieve all images in which that name was indexed, regardless of how the name was written in a particular document. However, you may notice that your search term differs from how the name was formed or written on a particular page. A listing of variant name forms associated with each name is provided in the General and Technical Information.

Identification

To assist with the search and comprehension of the records, the processing archivist has tentatively identified all the personal names indexed. The identification statement appears in the Name Search Results Screen following the search term. A listing of tentative identifications for all personal names is provided in the General and Technical Information.

  • To activate the Name Search query function select a name from the dropdown box provided.
  • A thumbnail listing of all the images in which the name was indexed will appear in the Name Search Results Screen.
    • The thumbnails display with their corresponding two-part document numbers.
    • To select an image click on its thumbnail.
    • Only one image may be selected at a time.
    • The corresponding image will now be retrieved and will appear in the images screen.
  • Click Help to return to these instructions.
  • For further instructions go to the image screen Help.

Search Results Screen (Personal Name)

Image Screen

Once you have selected an image from the thumbnail listing produced by either the Browse, Category or Personal Name search functions the system will retrieve the image. In addition to the actual scanned page the image screen also includes some or all of the following notes:

  • MDAH logo [displays as the header]
  • Collection Title [displays above the image]
  • Image Title (supplied titles will appear in brackets) [displays above the image]
  • Two-part Image id [displays above the image]
  • Date viewed [displays below the image]
  • Number of pages in document [displays below the image]
  • Scanning comments supplied by archivist, which indicate the condition of the original and image arrangement notes supplied by archivist, which indicate the original order of pages/items within a single document, attachment to other documents or the inclusion of an enclosure or inset. [display below the image]

The following functions will also display, if applicable:

  • Page rotation function [located above the image]
  • View larger image function [located below the image]
  • Page navigation functions (Next Page, Previous Page, Next Document, Previous document) [located below the image]
  • Descriptive information function [located below the image]
  • Help function [located below the image]
  • Use the page navigation functions to move within a multi-page document or from one document to the next.
  • Use the scroll bar on the right of the screen to move within the page.
  • To view a larger PNG click the See larger version function. The size of the larger image is noted in brackets next to the link. Depending on your connection speed you may want to be prepared for a lengthy download time for images in excess of 2 MB.
  • To rotate the image select the orientation option from the dropdown box provided and click Change Rotation.
  • To print the image and supplied notes use the Print function on the toolbar of your browser.
  • To return from the image screen to the search results screen click Back on the toolbar of your browser or click Go on the toolbar of your browser and select Electronic Archives : The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers Online -- Search Results.
  • To conduct a new search click New Search.
  • Click Help to return to these instructions.