How can I search in ’Search Finnish Court Records’?

You can search for single words (e.g. torpare) or names (eg. Wegelius or Vuonislax). The search returns all pages where the KWS spots your search term.

You can search for word combinations (e.g. Torpare contract or Gabriel Wegelius). The search returns all pages, where both of the words are spotted on the same page.

On the top of the search results page are the filters you can use. With the District filter you can select which court district you search. With the subject filter you can choose to search from either main records or notification records. When you are searching single words, you can use the confidence filter to adjust the confidence threshold of the search results. You can see the confidence of the search result by hovering the cursor over the search result.

You can pick words relating to court records into your search from the Find terms -function below the search bar. The words are organized thematically. You can pick specific words or all words within a theme. Words are added to your search by clicking “Paste terms”. Selected words are cleared by clicking “Clear selections”. Return to search page by clicking “Cancel”.

NB: The search ignores Scandinavian letters (å, ä, ö) and returns also the results where the search term is written with a or o. Similarly, apostrophes found in some names are ignored in the search.

How do I browse the search results?

You can browse the search results either in context view (default), thumbnail view or word view. You can sort the search results by the accuracy of the results (default), from newest to oldest or oldest to newest.

You can open the search result by clicking the picture or the result’s header. On the left side of the picture is the transcription generated with the HTR model. Because the transcription is generated automatically, the transcription may have some errors in it. Because KWS doesn’t search the search terms from the transcription, your search term can be found even if the transcription is incorrect. Your search term is highlighted in the image. You can download the transcription by clicking “Download” on the top of the transcription field.

You can adjust the image size with the mouse’s scroll wheel or the + and – buttons in the top left corner of the image. You can move the image by dragging it with the left button of the mouse. You can move to a line in the transcription by clicking the corresponding line in the image, and vice versa.

You can move to the previous or next page in the document by clicking the arrows in the navigation bar. You can move to any page in the document by writing the page number in the page number field in the navigation bar and hitting enter or clicking “Go”.

You can return to the search results by clicking “Back” on the navigation bar.

Advanced search

You can use boolean operators AND, NOT, and OR in your search.

AND operator searches for two words simultaneously (eg. torp AND backstuga returns all pages where the words torp and backstuga are spotted on the same page).

NOT operator excludes words from the search (eg. köpeskilling NOT nybygge excludes results for the word köpeskilling when the word nybygge is spotted on the same page).

OR operator ads alternative search term into the search (eg. köpeskilling AND kronohemman OR frälsehemman returns pages where either kronohemman or frälsehemman is spotted on the same page as köpeskilling).

You can use ? as a stand-in for one letter (eg. st?mma) and * as a stand-in for multiple characters (eg. *skifte or sved*).

Why not just use full-text search?

When indexing the text rather than just picking the best candidate for your search, KWS indexes a list of lots of possible candidates, so even if the HTR is not 100% accurate, you might still find what you are looking for.