Footnote Search Secrets

By Nancy Hendrickson Premium

Search Footnote Records
1. On the home page, click the arrow on the Search box (or the Keywords link) to expand the search options. Fill in what you know (type names into the first and last name fields) and choose a state if you know it. You can enter a keyword such as Civil War into the top field. Click Search.

2. You’ll get a list of databases with results matching your search (use the green arrows to expand collection categories). Click a collection to see those matches. You also can start a new search from this page.
3. Use the “You Searched for” panel on the left to change, add or remove search terms, or to choose another collection.
4. Below that, the Refine Your Search menu lets you filter matches by choosing names, places and other information from the records in your search results.
Search a Collection or Category
1. If you know what type of record you’re looking for, you can search just that record collection. Click Original Documents or See All Collections on the main page for a list of all Footnote’s record collections.

2. Sort by recently updated or alphabetically.  Some databases, such as naturalization records, are grouped into categories—click the title to expand the categories. If you don’t know the title of the record set you’re looking for, use your Web browser’s Find function (shortcut: control+F or command+F) to search for a term such as newspapers or Revolutionary War. Click a collection title.
3. You’ll get a search box for that collection. Type a name and click Search, then refine or filter your search
as described in steps 3 and 4 on the previous page. 
1. Footnote organizes its records by historical era and employs an “accordion” method of browsing. Start
by selecting a collection as described in step 1 above, or select a historical era from the Explore by Historical Era box (shown) on the home page. (You can run a quick search of all records related to that era by typing into the search box.)

2. You’ll get a page about that collection. Click the Browse link.
3.  On the resulting page, select a collection to open another window (like an accordion) with choices from within that collection.
4.  Keep selecting categories until you get to an individual record. At any point in the process, you can search the highlighted category and records within it by typing search terms into the box at the bottom of  the page.

Build Footnote Pages
1. Click the arrow next to Pages in the top navigation bar, then choose Create a Footnote Page (or go to <>).

2. Decide if you want to build a page about a person, place, event, organization or topic. Check the box if you want to allow other users to contribute to the page. Name the page and, optionally, give it a description.
3. Click the “add” icons to add content, such as photos, a story and facts. As you add information, Footnote automatically creates a timeline and notes places mentioned on a map.
4. If you want to add a fact, you’ll get a pull-down menu so you can pick the type of fact you want to add (such as religious affiliation or birth date and place). Your Add Fact choices depend whether the page is about a person,

place or event.

5. Here’s the page-in-progress. You can edit or add to the page later by clicking the arrow by your user name, Selecting Footnote Pages and selecting the page.