Most names in the Proceedings and the Ordinary's Accounts have been separately tagged and indexed. Tags, normally hidden from the reader, identify given names and surnames, as well as other information.
Entering James in the Given Name Search Box, will result in all instances in which someone with the Given Name James appeared in the Proceedings or the Ordinary's Accounts. In the normal course of things, entering only a Given Name will generate an unusably high number of hits, so you will need to combine Given Name searches with either Keyword or Surname searches, or to limit your searches by date, or text category. It is important to note that forenames have only been tagged when both a forename and a surname were provided, and that later repetitions of the same name within a single trial or Account have not always been tagged.
It is important to remember that eighteenth- and even nineteenth-century spelling was at best erratic, and that Given Names were often shortened. Elizabeth, for instance, could be shortened to Liz or Bet, Beth or Betty, Izzy, Lizzy, Let or Letty, just to name a few possibilities.
You may use all the strategies available with the Advanced radio button selected for keyword searches. Plus (+) and Minus (-) signs for AND/OR, exact phrases defined by double quotation marks (" "), and wild cards can all be applied. In the case of hyphenated names, such as Marie-Jean, the hyphen is treated as a space so both parts of the name should be included within quotation marks (" ") to define the name as a phrase.