Our ancestors often used a variety of spellings for their first names and surnames. You can use wildcards with the Exact filter selected to find unusual spellings of names.
There are two wildcard characters:
So if you enter Sm?th* you can match Smith, Smyth, Smithe and Smythe
Ann* will match Ann, Anne, Anna, and Annabelle
My maiden name is Gillespie, and it is very often spelled: Gillaspie, Gillispie or Gillespie or even Gillespy.
I can use wildcards to match a variety of combinations.
This matches a variety of spellings, making my search just a little bit easier.
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