Click one of the search types below to go to CADL's Local History Online and view thousands of historical photographs, documents, and collection descriptions.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields. OR is the default for multiple terms, but you can also use AND, or put your search in quotations to look for a specific phrase. Wildcard (*) searches are also allowed, and searching is not case-sensitive.
The Browse By Term button is another handy way to browse the collections. Under one of three categories, you can choose a letter of the alphabet to expand a list of subjects or names that begin with that letter. This is especially useful if you aren't sure of exact spelling. People means individuals (and sometimes organizations) who are the subjects of historical collections, Creators are people or organizations who created the content such as a writer or photographer, and Search Terms are subject headings used to describe the collections.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. It is especially useful for looking for items in a multi-level collection, by way of the Catalog Number (our record numbering system). Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are also available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image. Click "View More Images" at the bottom right to generate a new page of images.
We use a numbering system and an archival record hierarchy system for collections at the Forest Parke Library and Archives that is explained in the documents below. These conventions are represented in Local History Online, but due to some limitations in the database, it can be somewhat confusing navigating the collections.
Essentially a top-level collection record will then have sub-groups. Series and Item are the two we most commonly use. A sub-group will have the same Catalog Number (collection ID) plus an extension depending on where it is in the hierarchy. A top-level record will always have a collection ID that looks like 2015-01-01. You can perform a wildcard search in either the Keyword or Advanced Search screen using 2015-01-001* to locate any sub-group records or items that relate to the top-level collection record. Series are also linked from the Description field of a top-level collection record, when series are present, but items are not.Archival Numbering System