Sites and Online Tips from Genealogist Michael John Neill
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 FamilySearch include ? 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.