In this post, I'm going to use the Keyword search fields to demonstrate using quotes around names, and excluding certain keywords.
On the opening Search screen, the user can input keywords into the Search field labelled "Include keywords to search." I input the name "Thomas Seaver" in quotes in the "Include keywords" field, as shown below:
There were 273 matches in all of the GenealogyBank databases:
267 matches is a lot to go through. I was mainly interested in Thomas Seaver persons that did not reside in Boston or New Hampshire, so I went back to the Search box and added the terms [boston hampshire] in the "Exclude keywords from search" field, as shown below:
There were 132 matches in the Historical Newspaper collection, as shown below:
I clicked on the "Historical Newspaper" collection and saw the first five matches:
I noted that the fourth one on this list was a New Hampshire newspaper. Obviously, the term "Hampshire" did not appear on the page with the note about Thomas Seaver.