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Biography and Genealogy Master Index Sample Searches

Biography and Genealogy Master Index indexes more than 15 million biographical sketches from current, easily accessible references sources, as well as important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

Search 1:

A researcher is looking for information on Frida Kahlo.

Solution:

  1. Enter "Frida Kahlo" in the "Enter a Name" box
  2. Select the "Name contains" radio button
  3. Click on the "Search" button

Search 2:

You are looking for a portrait of the Dutch painter Jan Vermeer?

Solution:

  1. Go to the "Advanced Search" page
  2. Enter "Vermeer " in the "Last Name" box
  3. Check the box before "Find citations for sources that include a Portrait"
  4. Click on the "Search" button to retrieve your results

Search 3:

A researcher is looking for information about President Andrew Jackson's involvement during the War of 1812. They are looking specifically for a source that was written about this war.

Solution:

  1. Go to the "Expert Search" page
  2. Enter "na Andrew Jackson and tx War of 1812" in the "Search Query" box
  3. Click on the "Search" button to retrieve a record on Andrew Jackson containing more than 100 sources
  4. Browse the list to find one source entitled Encyclopedia of the War of 1812
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