Family history search tips
This page helps explain the use of the various searchable
databases on this website.
† When searching for an entry in one of our databases,
you must use at least two characters.
† You can use either UPPER or lower case as the
search is not case sensitive.
† The wildcard facility can assist searching using
the asterisk [*] as a wild card. If you do not know the
spelling of a name or place, or you wish to look for spelling
variants, try using the wild card technique:
† If there is more than one page of results there
will be a Next page button located at the bottom
of the page. There is also a Click for new search link if
you wish to start a new search.
- If you wish to look for spelling variants, try John*
will find all words starting with john as in John, Johns,
Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone.
- You can also use it to find groups of entries with
the same first word such as de* will find de Jaunay
(as well as all names starting with de as in Delaney
etc. You can also use it to find groups of entries with
the same first word (i.e. west*).
- You can use the wildcard search even if you do not
know the initial letter and this is particularly useful
in dealing with Scottish names when the prefix may be
Mac or Mc. Moreover some generations drop this prefix
and so *don* will find Macdonald, McDonald and Donald
as well as a range of other names. Likewise *orl* will
reveal Horlick and Orlick, etc.
- Two asterisks can expand the search even further as
in *ton* will locate a range of names from Barton to
- Three asterisks expands the search even further as
in *b*t*n will locate Alberton, Barton, Boston, Bitten,
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