Complex Search Form:

See Conflict Checking.

Google Searches:

To search a specific webpage in Google, type the following into the search window (where the underlined sections are changed to what you are looking for:
inurl:/webpageURL/ filetype:html OR filetype:htm "search term"

Laurel Website:

inurl:/heraldry.sca.org/laurel/ filetype:html OR filetype:htm "search term"

St. Gabriel Academy articles:

inurl:/www.s-gabriel.org/ filetype:html OR filetype:htm "search term"

"Names" section of St. Gabriel:

inurl:/www.s-gabriel.org/names/ filetype:html OR filetype:htm "search term" (OR use
http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/database/alphalist.php - which is a growing alphabetical index of the names)

St. Gabriel Academy Reports:

Archive of St. Gabriel reports - http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/archive.cgi

Modar University:

inurl:/www.modaruniversity.org/ filetype:html OR filetype:htm "search term"

SCA Heraldry Searches:

  • http://www.sofyalarus.info/searches.html (has searches for Laurel Website, St. Gabriel articles, St. Gabriel reports, Aryanwhy's articles, the new Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Medieval Scotland articles (Mari ingen Briain, and Juliana de Luna), Modar University and the SCA Heraldry Wikispace. Also links to Morsulus.)

A handy trick:

  • It helps to use the search key "AROUND" to focus the search results. So, for example, looking for a precedent that indicates whether changing the tincture of wings gives a DC, you can use something like "wings AROUND tincture AROUND DC".
  • Another example: hanging AROUND(6) standing - This will find the word "hanging" within 6 words of the word "standing".

Searching Google Books:




Family Search (IGI Search)

Using the FamilySearch Genealogy Database:
  • When using the search form at http://www.familysearch.org one must use great care, as the dates and spellings for these genealogical records are often modernized and sometimes have errors.
  • The IGI Parish Records search, a tool created by Edelweiss Herald, limits the search to records that have transcribed directly from parish records and other official documents. As such, data from that source is a reasonable source for documentation (however the database was changed in 2012 and the Edelweiss search tool no longer works).
  • If using the IGI search directly from the familysearch.org site, you must make sure that the batch number indicates that the records are from an extraction program and that the source of the records is acceptable. A description of the batch numbers can be found at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/IGI_Batch_Number_Descriptions.
  • In general, batches beginning with B (as of January 2014), C, J, K, M (except M17 and M18), or P are acceptable. When citing an IGI record be sure to include the batch number.
  • Mnemonic - Cranberry Jam Keeps Me Pretty.
  • Alternate Mnemonic - Big Chuck Joyfully Keeps Petunias, Maybe.
  • Other hints - Go to this link - https://familysearch.org/search/collection/igi :
    • 1. Put in the element that you're looking for in the appropriate box: First or Last Name.
    • 2. Under "Search with a life event:" click "Any".
    • 3. Fill in the Year (Range) with 1000 to 1600 (or 1000 to 1650 to include grey period for rare names)
    • 4. Click the checkbox for "Match all terms exactly" (search w/o this if you don't care, or you don't get any hits)
    • 5. If you see checkboxes, Community Contributed IGI or Community Indexed IGI, you only want the Community Indexed IGI checked.
    • 6. Click the Search button.
    • 7. Look at the results. You can either click on the name to go to that record or click on the arrow on the far right of the record which will show a preview of the record.
    • 8. Look at the "Indexing Project (Batch) Number" and see if it is B, C, J, K, M (except M17 and M18), or P. If it is, it is a record you can use for documentation.
    • 9. Cite the Name, type of record (Marriage, Christening, etc.), Date, Location, and Batch Number.
  • familysearch.org also allows for wildcard searches using *, so "r*b*rt" would get you Robert, Robart, Robbert, Robbart etc. etc.
  • They also use ? if you're searching for all the iterations of a single character within a name.

http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2014/01/14-01cl.html - January 2014 Cover Letter with relevant info
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2013/05/13-05cl.html - May 2013 Cover Letter with relevant info
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/02/12-02lar.html#62 - February 2012 Cover Letter with relevant info

See also:


Registered Items and Precedents:


Search Forms for the SCA Armorial:


Morsulus Herald's Web Site

Links used to search the LoARs and Precedents of the SCA: http://www.morsulus.org/
  • The "compiled precedent" search (second box) doesn't contain any SENA-era precedents. The first box is the one you want.
  • It helps to use the search key "AROUND" to focus the search results. So, for example, looking for a precedent that indicates whether changing the tincture of wings gives a DC, you can use something like "wings AROUND tincture AROUND DC".
  • Another example: hanging AROUND(6) standing - This will find the word "hanging" within 6 words of the word "standing".

Stentorian Precedents

Alexander, Stentor, has regularized versions of the Precedents to 2002 online so they can be browsed or searched at:
  • http://stentorian.us/stentorian/OandA.nsf/home.xsp
  • For the Precedents, see the yellow box on the dexter side - sorted by category, tenure, and date.
  • There is a search page as well, with instructions in the "Search Help" link. In general, you would put the word you are looking for after "Contains" - the help will give you other suggestions.

Aspilogia app


This is a searchable copy of the Ordinary & Armorial... It is intended for use by SCA heralds involved in armory and names consultation, and is distributed according to the terms of use found in the O&A Notice. NOTE: The database is packaged separately. When first run, the app will require the database be downloaded from the server (approximately 14MB compressed, requiring 48MB on disk).