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Inky1 Report 24 Dec 2012 22:31

Am I the only member to think that there is room for improvement?

A search for surname WEBB, a one syllable name, also returns two syllable names such as WEBBER – and three syllables names such as WEBBERLEY.

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Rambling Rose Report 24 Dec 2012 22:40

You can filter that by clicking on 'surname' in turquoise at top of list...that will give you the Webbs first, (you may need to click once or twice)


LadyScozz Report 24 Dec 2012 22:41

A while back, you would have had a return of WEBB

The returns of WEBB, WEBBER, WEBBERLEY etc etc is GR's idea of improvement :-S

One surname I have is ADAM. I get ADAM, ADAMS, ADAMSON etc etc.

There should be a box to tick, choosing ONE name or close matches.

Example, I also have the surname CLARK, which is often spelled CLERK or CLARKE..... but that gets annoying, because I also get CLARKSON etc etc etc.



TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 25 Dec 2012 13:18

I have the surname DATE which shows all sorts of dates in the calendar!
But very few people with this surname.

The same goes for searches on Google, Yahoo etc.


Elizabeth2469049 Report 25 Dec 2012 15:27

It is a safety net - there are so many reasons for varied spelling - wrong transcriptions from censuses - which can be wrong in the first place if the census taker didn't hear right - and particularly in the case of registrations by the illiterate. I have had one breakthrough -where the birth registration was Engles, the mother just signed with an 'x', but thanks to Ancestry coming up with Inglis, Ingles, Englis I have been able to add several generations.


JackBunion Report 25 Dec 2012 19:29

The "soundex" for surnames on FS and Anc*y seems very good. You would never get "Webberley" for "Webb" on those. And, if you are searching for a name like Engles (or Marks for that matter ;-)), you do need Inglis, Engels, Marcus, Marx, Marques, etc.