[APG Public List] Ancestry.com searches
pjroots at att.net
Fri Dec 4 06:22:31 MST 2009
At 08:52 PM 12/3/2009, Kathryn S. Black wrote:
>Just because Ancestry set up their search engine to take 3 letters
>and *then* the wild card doesn't mean that everybody did it the same way.
>Findmypast.com (a British site that has the census & more) lets you
>put the wild card anywhere in either the given or surname. It's
>*so* nice to be able to ask for Susan *kett.
I often wish for the ability to enter a leading wild card too,
especially when holographic letters are often difficult to
distinguish, e.g. G for D or S for L.
OTOH, I'm not sure there is any perfect solution when it comes to
search engines. Last week I was looking for Ada ANTRIM, and finally
found her as A. L. ANHIM. The cross bar in the T had faded and the
name was quite reasonably indexed as ANHIM.
While ANTRIM often appears as ANTRUM, neither soundex nor wild cards
would have helped in this case, unless I knew exactly how it had been
indexed. I ended up slogging my way through all the females of the
right age (plus or minus 5 years) in the county. Fortunately, it was
a rural county in 1880 so there were only a few hundred entries <g>
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