Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do You Know How To Use Soundex?

Lots of genealogists use Soundex. Did you know that:

  • A Soundex search for Sartorius is not the same as one for Satorius?
  • A Soundex for search for Smut will catch one of the most common English language names?
  • Soundex is usually not an option on first names (usually, that is)?
  • Even though ONeill and Neill differ by a vowel they require separate soundex searches?
Probably old hat to most of you, but probably worth remembering for some. 

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