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A local history and genealogy site for Wimpole, a village and parish in South Cambridgeshire
Curated by Steve Odell

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A local history and genealogy resource for the Parish of Wimpole.
The Wimpole Past search facility does not cover the Wympole & Wratsworth site (now archived) as the systems are incompatible. However, 'Wympole & Wratsworth' has it's own independent search facility with a search box available on most pages.
The site now has an upgraded search facility accessible at the top right-hand corner of every page. An advanced search facility (with separate advanced search tips) is also available. (31 October 2019)
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[This is a fully working example]
Search Tips:
By default the search engine tries to locate each page which has an exact match for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.
Once a web page is identified as containing a match against the search criteria entered - especially if the page is likely to be very long and detailed (parish registers or census pages for example) - then it is recommended you proceed to the page as identified and then use your browser's own 'Find on this Page...' facility to identify not only the position of the reported match but also to identify multiple matches (and to move from one identified match to the next down the same page).
Targeted Searching:
There are several ways to target your search. The easiest and perhaps most useful is the phrase search, particularly helpful when searching for names.
1. Phrase Search
The search engine supports three types of phrase search:
- To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase.
    Example: "John Smith"
or "New Wimpole"
- To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words].
    Example: [Private John Smith]

- To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces {around the words}.
    Example: {John Smith, soldier, died}
2. + And - Qualifiers
- If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
- If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
    Example: +always -never
3. * Wildcard
- If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
    Example: gift*
4. ? Wildcard
- If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
    Example: b?g or sm?ll
5. Boolean Search
- You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.
    Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)
All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*
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This page was last updated: 07 September 2020

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