Surname Saturday – The Soundex

In our post How Do I Call Thee? Let Me Count The Names… we talked about the necessity for expanding your searches widely to ensure you can find your ancestors even when you don’t really know how to spell their name. One of the ways that many database search sites like Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com perform […]

How do I call thee? Let me count the names…

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If you’ve started researching your family tree you’ve likely run into the following scenario: Things are going great in the 1940 Census, the 1930 Census, the 1920 Census, and probably the 1910 Census. But you’ve noticed that the further that you go back the more bizarre the spellings of your ancestors’ names become. You’ve been […]