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Map of Cambridgeshire: From the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales. Map printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode 1885.
The Parishes of Arrington, Croydon, Orwell and Wimpole

Conduct a word search across the complete group of websites:


Simply type the name or subject you are interested in into the 'Search' box and click on the 'Go' button. If you are searching for more than a single word, use the pull-down option to define how the search is conducted (see the complicated stuff below). If researching a surname, ensure you try all the local variations of spelling (the alphabetical listings at Wimpole Names or Croydon Names may assist you).

Capitalization doesn't matter. The ranked results will come from a total match on the words and phrases which you supply, so try to think of several specific terms for your topic and spell them correctly. It may help to include important plurals and derived words too, like [address addresses contact contacting information] .

A results page will open showing any successful word match or matches. Click on each link to go to the page containing the match. Alternatively, click on the 'highlight hits' option which adds an additional bar at the top of the location page with the matched word or phrase highlighted. Click on the highlighted word(s) and the page will move down to the location of the match (useful on long parish register or census pages).

The complicated stuff you probably don't need to know:

Any Word: Just type one or more words to find any of the words. [ Find ANY ] is the usual default.

All Words: Type more than one word and select [ Find ALL ] to find all of the words. Or you can use Booleans (see below).

Exact Phrase: "..." You can search for exact phrases by surrounding them in double quotes. Or you can just type the words and select [ Find EXACT phrase ]. Punctuation must be the same to be found between words, for example "Smith, John"

Boolean Operators: + - Use + in front of each word or a quoted phrase that you require. Use - in front of each word that you want to exclude.

Boolean Expressions: AND OR NOT ( )Use AND, OR, NOT, (, and ) to form a Boolean expression. AND requires, OR allows, NOT excludes. Use double quotes to protect the words "and", "or", or "not" in a phrase.


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