Help using Wincens

When you open a database, you will start at the beginning of it. By default you will see the first ten records. You can navigate onwards and backwards by using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons. To execute a search, you must first choose a field, e.g. Given name, in the field box, you then choose a condition for the search, e.g. "equals" in the second box, lastly you write the desired word/name, e.g. Anders in the last box. When clicking on Search, the program will find everyone with the given name Anders. The first ten hits will be displayed in the table. You are now able to navigate in this list by using PREVIOUS and NEXT. You can narrow the search by choosing, for instance, the field Last name, set the condition to "equals", and write Olsen. Now you will only see those called Anders Olsen.

With a name like Anna Olsdatter, however, things become more complicated. First of all, Olsdatter can be written in many different ways, such as Olsdtr. and Olsdatr. Furthermore, Anna can be written Anne. To solve the last matter first, you only have to change the condition to "starting with" and write Ann. This enables the program to process a list of everyone with a given name starting with Ann. You then select from the list those you are interested in. To study more than one name variable you need to press the CTRL-function at the same time as you click the names. When pressing Finn postane, everyone with these names will be displayed in the table. Now you can proceed with the same procedure for the last name: field set to Last name, condition set to "starting with", and write Ols in the text box.

You can also use the conditions "contains" and "all". You will use "contains" when you are uncertain of the spelling in the beginning of a word/name, or when there are several names listed in one field. With the condition "all" you will see a frequency list for the selected field, and you must use the CTRL-function and the mouse to select values from the list.

NOTE! Using the "all" condition in large databases can be too much for your machine, and result in a machine jam. This is dependent on the browser, the version of it, and memory capacity on your machine. Therefore, we have chosen to not set any limits, but unfortunately it might jam.
You are allowed to choose new fields as many times as you like, this way decreasing the hits continuously. However, you may also return to a previous selected field and the hits will be expanded accordingly. Returning to the first variable, you are able to search in the whole database again. The same result is achieved by clicking on All.

Finally, we are apologizing that things are not functioning as they should. We are aware that some searches on numeric fields are not working. For databases completely written with capitals, you can only use the conditions "starting with", "contains" and "all"; when using "starting with", however, you can only write the first initial. It is not necessary to write capitals in the text box.

Jan Oldervoll
last updated: 20/07/01