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Offline Gallicrow

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Wildcards on familysearch.org
« on: Wednesday 29 July 20 21:15 BST (UK) »
After using the site just about every day for ten months, today I discovered for the first time that you can use wildcards. The number of times I've searched through hundreds of records trying to find a likely looking surname that might be a mis-spelling of the name I've interested in. If only I'd known I could have entered "B*" or whatever. Oh well, we live and learn!
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Re: Wildcards on familysearch.org
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 29 July 20 22:09 BST (UK) »
We do indeed! Took me years too to figure that out  :P

Just one thing, FS is really good at including variants overall, but it does miss some and this is where also trying with wild cards can be really helpful I found.

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Re: Wildcards on familysearch.org
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 29 July 20 23:00 BST (UK) »
I think Family Search is the best for matching name variants of the sites I use (all the free ones + ancestry at the moment whilst I can access it via my local library's account).

One thing it didn't help me with was a simple transposition of letters. I was looking for my 2xgreat grandmother, Eliza Searle, in the 1901 census for six months on and off. Eventually I found her using brute force with her surname recorded as "Sealre":
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSWG-997
Searle / Sealre - such an easy mistake to make!
Eva family in Devon and Cornwall.
Bowdidge family in Devon and Dorset.