Search Tips
'Working to preserve the rich heritage of the Temecula Valley'

To get the most out of "Free Text" searching our website, you should utilize the search tips shown below. The search engine, powered by Google, will search in both HTML files and PDF files, which are the only types used in our website. The search engine will, (theoretically), show links to all documents on our website that contain the word, phrase, or term that you are searching for. In practice, links to some documents that exist on our website may not be displayed if the document has been uploaded since the last time the search engine has "crawled" our site, or if the search term is not readable by the search engine in some documents. Over time, the ability of the searches to find all instances of what you are searching for, which is currently fair to good, but not perfect, should improve.

NOTE: Search terms are not case sensitive.

1) To search for a word or term, type it in the search box and press "Enter", or click on the magnifying glass symbol.
    Eg: vail will find all documents containing the word “vail”.

2) To search multiple terms, leave a space between each search term.
    Eg: vail ranch will find all documents containing the word “vail” and the word “ranch” even if not juxtaposed.

3) To search for an exact match, put the word or phrase inside quotes.
    Eg: "vail ranch" will find all documents containing the words “vail” and “ranch”, but only if they are juxtaposed.

4) To combine search terms, put "OR" (in caps) between each search term.
    Eg: vail OR ranch will find all documents containing the word “vail” or the word “ranch”.

5) To exclude words from your search, put - (minus sign) directly in front of a word or words you want to omit.
    Eg: vail –ranch will find all documents containing the word “vail” but not if they also contain the word “ranch”.

6) To search for unknown words, put * (asterisk) where you want to leave a placeholder. The term must be in quotes.
    Eg: "oldest * in Temecula" will find "oldest building in Temecula”, "oldest person in Temecula” etc.

7) To search within a range of numbers, put .. between two numbers.
    Eg: 1894..1899 will find all documents containing numbers ranging from 1894 through 1899.
    (Any occurence of a number within the selected range will be found, whether it is a date, or something else.)