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Fold3 Library Edition: Search Tips

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives.

Basic Search Tips

There are many ways to find images on Fold3, but the two most common are Searching and Browsing.  You can search for images on Fold3 using the search box at the top of most pages.

The basic search on Fold3 returns results that include all your search terms, so if you don't get any results, try broadening your search by removing some of the terms. Matching terms may come from information we have indexed for the image or from annotations added by other Members.

Keyword Search

The Keyword field can be used to search for any word you would expect to be found in the database you are searching. This can include things such as an occupation or a location. You are able to only search for keywords. Keep in mind that if you enter more than one term you will need to use quotation marks to ensure an exact phrase search, such as “The Great War.” If you choose to combine a name with a keyword and the database finds a match for the name, but not the keyword, it will not provide the results for you.

List all Records

Browse all records alphabetically by Collection Title or Group, New and recently updated records.

Advanced Search

Advanced search form

Browse the Collections

Fold3 Browse

Search Within a Title or Part of a Title

You can narrow your search results by searching within a specific title or part of a title. There are a few places you can use "Search within":

  1. On the Search Results page you can narrow your results from the left side of the screen under "Refine your search instantly."
  2. On the Browse screen, browse to the title (or subsection of a title) you're interested in and then use the brown "Search within" box at the bottom of the page to search.
  3. On the Records page, when you place the cursor over a title you will see a search button that will allow you to search just that title or you can click on the title and search from the Title Information Page.

Narrowing Your Search With Browse

Browsing is a great way to focus your finding efforts. You can browse by clicking on the Search link at the top of most pages or to the right of the search box on the Search Results page or you can go to the Records page and select a title to search or browse within.

From the Browse Records link you can browse through the titles alphabetically or choose a category to browse within.

At any point in the browse process you can use the brown Search within box at the top of the page and search just the images in the group you have selected.

As with search, when you find an image by browsing, you will be able to see all the indexed data, the number of annotations or comments and a preview of the image.