Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIldcards at FamilySearch

Generally any search term that is a name at FamilySearch must include three characters in addition to the wildcard. However, you can use a wildcard operator after just one letter has been entered. Wildcard operators on FamilySearcinclude ? for one and only character as its replacement and * as a placeholder for multiple characters.

The following searches on the last name are allowed:

  • n*ll--which gets anything that starts with an "n" and ends with two "l"s.
  • n??ll--which gets names that start with an "n," then have two letters and end with two "l"s. 

1 comment:

  1. I find the search engine on FamilySearch responds to wildcard searches much better than Ancestry. Many times I get the dreaded "too many results" from Ancestry and Ancestry's search requires more letters for the wildcard search than FamilySearch. Do you agree?