Advanced Search Section
Join With: The Join With
operator of the advanced search screen is a logical operator
combine the search arguments selected. Thus if a search
is requested for a Last Name contains Sprague,
a First Name starts with Peter, and a Birth
Year contains RI, and the Join With operator
is set to "And,"
a search will be initiated for all individuals whose
name contains Sprague,
whose first name starts
with Peter, and who was
born somewhere in RI. Changing the Join With
changes the search to anyone with a last name of Sprague
first name of Peter or who was born in RI. Most genealogical
searches use the "AND" Join
Other Events (Click to Display): Included
on the advance search screen is the option to search
on far more categories than one sees at first. Click
on the small + icon to open additional searches on
nickname, cemetery, education, marriage banns, obituary,
will, and many, many more.
Person ID: The person ID is a number assigned
to the individual in the Sprague database and prefixed
on the website with the letter “I” so that
all person IDs have the letter I as the first character.
These numbers are usually constant over time but there
are occasional activities on the Sprague database that
will cause the numbers to change.
Title: The title normally includes such
titles as Rev., Capt., Major, and many more. However,
the title field also includes the Sprague database head
of line code. Each Sprague for whom a father is unknown
has a head of line code. These codes are either of the
form #nn where nn is a numeric field or #xx or #xxx where
xx or xxx is an alphabetic field. When the head of line
code can be used as a search argument in the title field
to get to a particular Sprague line.
Icons used on our website - What
do they mean? (The icons below are active links.)
Glossary of Terms Section
Ahnentafel Report: An Ahnentafel
report is a book-style report that begins with
a specific person and moves back through the person's
ancestors for a given number of generations. (Ahnentafel
means ancestor table in German.) This type of report
describes each person in a narrative format and
gives each person a unique Ahnentafel number. The
starting individual is given a number of 1. From
then on, an individual's father is assigned a number
that is two times the number of the individual.
The mother is assigned a number that is twice the
individual's, plus 1. If you are number one, your
father is 2, your mother is 3, your father's father
and mother are 4 and 5 and your mother's father
and mother are 6 and 7 and so on. If a person is
missing, their number is skipped. The child of
any person always has a number that is one half
the number of the father.
Descendants Chart: A Descendant
Chart shows an individual and all his or her descendants.
starting individual is prefixed with the number
1. Each of his children are prefixed with the number
2 and each descendant in a subsequent generation
is prefixed with a number that is one greater than
the number used for the parent of the person.
Family Group Sheet: A Family
Group Record shows information on one family,
listing a father and mother and each of their
Timeline Report: A Timeline report
shows the life span of a person and events that
have been recorded
during his life. Certain key other events are added
such as major epidemics which caused a large loss
of life. Additional individuals can also be added
to the timeline.