Home (Search the Archive)
This will show, on the right, two columns of "thumbnail" pictures of the latest 50 records which have been added to the Archive. These can be accessed individually simply by clicking on the relevant thumbnail image.
On the left appear a series of criteria that can be used to narrow down the selection of records. Whenever any of these criteria are changed, the set of records displayed on the right (up to a maximum of fifty) will be those records on the Archive which fall into the selected criteria.
Each of the criterion buttons, "period", "transport" etc, when clicked, shows a selection of options under that criterion. As you click on one of these options, the records on the right are selected to be only those which include the option you have selected. You can click on more than one option in a particular criterion — these act as "OR" tests — i.e. if you select "rail" and "road" under transport you will get all items identified as "road" or "rail". You can select options in different criteria, and these will then act as "AND" tests — if you chose "rail" inside "transport" and "1870-1900" inside "Period" you would get only items both about railways and in the 1870-1900 period.
All the criteria default to "all" — i.e. they have no effect on the selection unless options within them are specifically set.
Each of the options within a criterion can be clicked "on" or "off".
Each criterion button shows the option currently selected if any — if more than one has been selected then just the number of options currently selected in that criterion is shown.
The other main method of selection is to enter a search keyword in the very top field on the left — only records with that word (or date) in the title will then be shown.
Finally there is a record type selection which can also be used, which defaults to "any" .
One of the search criteria is "people". At this stage, this contains only those people whose names have been attached to particular records.
As the project proceeds, it is hoped that this list will expand — this relies on the efforts of members of ADHS to identify the names and add them to the index.
An example of how to use the selection criteria to find records can be downloaded, using the link below the picture.