Ancestry’s New(ish) Wildcard Search Capabilities


About six weeks ago Ancestry.com announced new search functionality on their site. I was, of course, immediately intrigued and excited. Essentially, you can now use the wildcard (*) more liberally in your searches. (Follow the above link to read the blog post for more specific details in case this is new to you.)

As I’ve had these six weeks to use the new functionality, I’ve been impressed. It has been an excellent tool to find names where letters are easily transcribed incorrectly, particularly in names where the first letter is the tricky one. (Think of “B,” “P,” and “R.”) I had always relied on the wildcard, and now I find I’m even more reliant on it than before. In fact, I sometimes find it disappointing that other sites don’t have this same functionality.

When our CEO shared the link with us in an email, her message said, “Now we will be ancestor-finding monsters!” and she was right! Have you found the new wildcard search capabilities to be as useful as I have? Have they turned you into an ancestor-finding monster?

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