Poland Historical Society Document Finding Aid

Document Finding Aid                              Family Finding Aid

This Finding Aid located here under the HISTORY Tab and at the Little Red Schoolhouse is available to search our PHS Historical Documents located in archival binders alphabetically, by subject, in Case G (see photo below). Each binder on the spine, has the subject title and an accession number for providing a digital search of our Past Perfect computer data base.  An index in the front of each binder, lists the item stored in each acid-free sheet by page number. 

Instructions for using the Finding Aid:

  • After clicking on the link, a new browser tab will open to enter the search mode. On the browser, there is a page search window in the top center and to the right a subject search window. This Document Finding Aid lists on the first five+ pages a Subject index all of the binders in Case G, by Subject, Accession number, and Page number of the Finding Aid.  

For example, to view the subjects stored, scroll through the list to see the Subject Index of Underground Railroad at the end.

  • If you want to view the Underground Railroad index page, type in the page search window, 192. 
  • If you want to view Jared Kirtland's info about the railroad, type in the Subject search window, Jared. (note: I did not want to type Kirtland because there would be too many hits.)  
  • On this example, the "Jared" hits were 8 and you can use the arrows to see each of the hits.
  • You can then go to the Little Red Schoolhouse (during meetings, open houses or by appointment) to find the "U" binders in Case 2 and specifically page 2 of the Underground Railroad Binder. 

As an alternate, you can use the subject search window, not the page search of the binder subjects. 

  • Type in a few letters or a name of the item you are trying to find. There will be a number indicating the found items and arrow keys to search forward and backwards to each word on the alphabetical index sheets.  Try to use a unique search word to only get a few hits.

If you download a copy of the pdf file instead of using the website browser search, you may need to hold down CTRL and hit the F key to enter search mode.