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Town of Tyrone area History Wiki

The Tyrone area wiki is a wikipedia-like database of the history of the town of Tyrone, Wayne, and Waneta and Lamoka Lakes. It includes the history of people, photographs, events, buildings, cemeteries, and businesses. Like, it is a research tool, and takes a bit of practice to use effectively, but the time is worth it!

If you have any information you wish to add to the database, please email me (Paul Reiser, Town of Tyrone Historian) at

Enter a query into the search bar to begin searching.


There are three ways of finding the information you want - searching, linking and backlinking. To search all pages, type a word or phrase in the search bar in the upper right corner. Links are colored text on a page, and clicking on them will take you to that page. The name of the page you are on is in the upper left corner. Clicking on the chain icon on the right side of a page is called “backlinking”, and will give you a list of all the pages that have links to the page you are on.

Note that clicking on the “Tyrone History Wiki” title will take you back to this “start” page.

Typing a word in the search bar will find all the pages containing that word. Typing two words will find all the pages containing both words somewhere in the page. Typing two words enclosed in quotes forms a “phrase” and the search engine will return a list of all pages containing that phrase. The pages are laid out in a very specific format to aid in searching.

Searching for people

Simply typing the person's name will often give good results.

Another good way to search for people is to type into the search bar “Surname: xxx” (with quotes). This will give a list of all people with the surname “xxx”. For example, simply typing into the search bar “Robert Canfield” (without quotes) will give every page containing the words “Robert” and “Canfield”. This will give a large number of pages since Robert Canfield is listed as a source of information on many pages. Typing “Robert Canfield” (with quotes) will narrow the search a bit, but is still not helpful. Typing “Surname: Canfield” (with quotes) will give a shorter list of all Canfield pages, from which the Robert Canfield page may be chosen. To narrow the search even more, type “Surname: Canfield” “Name1: Robert” (both phrases with quotes) to narrow down the search to Robert Canfield.

Searching for children

The parents of a person are listed on that person's page as e.g. "Parent: [[john_jones]]". (The brackets are not visible on the page). If you wish to search for the children of John Jones, for example, enter "Parent: [[john_jones]]" (with quotes). The beginning brackets must be included, the underscore “_” must be included, and all lower case must be used, because the search is looking for a page that links to a page named “john_jones”.

The reason that children are not included on a person's page is to prevent double-entry of data and possibly conflicting data. If you are editing pages, and in your research, you have found the children of a particular person, you will only need to create pages for those children and list the pages of their parents in those children's files. You will not have to also go to the parent's page and list the children. You will also know that some other editor has not entered a child's page and forgotten to list it in the parent's page.

Searching for women and marriages

Women's pages are listed according to their maiden name, and marriages are listed on separate pages.

The best way to find the marriages of a man with page name [[john_jones]] is to type "Spouse: [[john_jones]]" (with quotes).

If you know that a woman's married name is Mary Jones and you do not know her maiden name, typing “Spouse: Mary Jones” (without quotes) will give all marriages with the words “Marriage:”, “Mary”, and “Jones”. If such a marriage is listed, it will be on a short list from which you can pick. You can then find a link to her page.

The reason marriages are listed separately and not included on a person's page is to prevent double-entry of data and possibly conflicting data. If you are editing pages, and in your research, you have found the marriage of two people, you will only need to create a marriage page for those people and list the pages of the spouses in those marriage files. You will not have to also go to each spouse's page and list the marriage or the other spouse. You will also know that some other editor has not entered a marriage page and forgotten to list it in both spouse's page.

Searching for a picture

The best way to search for a picture of a particular subject is to know the page name of that subject.

The best way to search for a picture containing e.g. a page name margoalbum00 is Photograph: "Subject: [[xxx]]". (no quotes on Photograph:, quotes on the phrase “Subject: xxx” This will find all pages with the word “Photograph:” and the phrase “Subject: xxx”. For example, to find photographs of the Keuka Hotel, type Photograph: "Subject: [[Keuka_Hotel]]". If you don't know the page name, just type, for example “Photograph: Keuka Hotel” (without quotes).

Searching for Dates

All dates are Of the form |YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM-SS|. To search for a particular year like 1922, type “|1922” (without quotes). To search for e.g. May 1957, type “|1957-05” (without quotes).

Searching for Locations by Latitude and Longitude

If a location has been specified by latitude and longitude, enter a close approximation to both followed by an asterisk. For example, entering “42.47* 77.10*” (without quotes) will find all locations within .01 of 42.47,-77.10. Note that the minus sign should not be used in front of the 77.10, since that will eliminate all such entries.

Best data

When there are many entries for a particular piece of information, the last data entry, at the bottom, is the most reliable. For example, if there are two different birth dates given for a person, the bottom entry is most reliable.

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