How to run a name search

Zuletzt geändert von invenio_PA am 2023/05/17 11:47

You can find archive material containing information on individuals and organisations by selecting the third tab from the search menu and running a name search.

If you want to use the options to refine your search, please refer to the notes on advanced searches. You can find more tips in our FAQ entry on how to search for people.

How to search for names:

  • As a basic rule, the fewer search fields you fill out, the more potential hits you will get, because the vast majority of people listed in the archives do not have information recorded in all the possible fields. Therefore, you should search only for first and last names at first; if the number of hits is too big, you can then limit your results with additional criteria, such as year of birth.
  • You should search for names in several variations, such as Fritz – Friedrich – Fri*. Colloquial variations (e.g. Sepp, Minna) are not recommended. When searching for last names, you should try out various spellings (e.g. dt/t, ai/ei).


  • You may find it helpful to use truncation, i.e. the combination of letters and wildcards in the form of an asterisk (* for more than one character) or a question mark (? for one character). For example, entering “Fri*” as a search term will return results for “Fritz” AND “Friedrich”, as well as “Friedhelm”, “Friederike”, etc.
  •  The position of the truncation may vary. For example, entering “*ike” will return results for “Friederike”, “Ulrike”, etc., while “Ma?r” will find “Mahr”, “Mair”, “Mayr”, etc.
  • You can even use truncation to find titles of nobility and surname affixes. For example, entering “*Mühlen” will also return results for “von zur Mühlen”.
  • You can refine your search by entering a date of birth. You can also just enter the year or a range, such as “1905 - 1910”.


Erstellt von invenio_PA am 2023/05/17 11:47