[APG Public List] Ancestry.com searches

Pat Asher pjroots at att.net
Tue Nov 24 06:59:39 MST 2009


At 04:58 AM 11/24/2009, you wrote:
>Searches on ancestry.com work fine using the surname alone or using the
>surname and the first three letters of the given name with an asterisk
>(wild card) at the end.
>
>But why can't they work with the first initial?  They say it gives too
>many results, but surely it gives far fewer results than surname alone!

It was just programmed that way.

Orientals have complained that their names (first or last) often 
consist of only 2 letters -- ZU or HU for example, but the search 
engine won't accept them as valid entries.

BTW, you _can_ search for two initials, e.g.

"D G" Whiele

The white space counts as a character.

Pat 



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