The document search page on the "View" menu searches over all of the documents entered into the system, with the options of searching by for text, places, sources, type, and the date updated.
Documents contain the text or abstract text of any census listings, deeds, wills, or other documents. Each is maintained as a separate entity to minimize the chances of its text being compromised with commentary or editing. This setup also allows a document to be linked to multiple people without duplication.
When searching by name, multiple words will each be required in the search results. Enclose a name in quotes to find that exact name. Examples:
Thomas Gaylord finds all documents containing Thomas and Gaylord
"Thomas Gaylord" finds all documents containing Thomas Gaylord
"Thomas Gaylord" Gurganus finds all documents containing Thomas Gaylord and Gurganus
"Thomas Gaylord" "Nicholas Gurganus" finds all containing Thomas Gaylord and Nicholas Gurganus
In the search results, clicking the highlighted line will edit the document if you are the moderator; otherwise it will open a view window. Clicking a linked name in the document text will link to the person's individual record, if it is known who this person is; otherwise it links to another document search for that name, as this may reveal more matches.
The "Unlinked Names" and "Unlinked Surnames" options list out names that around found in documents, but which are not linked to individual records. Sometimes you run across a deed or will that you know the people have to be related to your family somehow, but it's not yet clear how. So you can go ahead and enter it, add generic links to the names, and then use these buttons to find the unlinked documents down the road.