Surname Search Facility


Expanding a Surname Search to Include Spelling Variations


  1. By typing a family name in the surname box, a summary list of ALL individuals by that name found in the available record categories will be produced. Only the categories selected in the checkboxes will be searched. By default, this is all categories. You can also refine the search by entering one or more characters of the person's given name is the 'given name' box.

    If you do not know the correct spelling of a surname or if there are multiple ways of spelling that surname, then the Soundex facility can help trace all similiar sounding names e.g. Lally and Lalley or Cavanaugh and Cavanagh.This can also be useful for surnames where there is a prefix e.g. McDonagh or Mc Donagh ( note space after Mc ). Just click the Soundex box on the search screen to invoke this facility.

    While Soundex is useful in certain circumstances, it does not help in searching for 'groups' of names. For example, the name Lally and Mullally are sometimes interchangeable but a Soundex search would not find all occurences of these. But using a subset of common characters just might! For example entering LALL would return all Lallys, Lalleys, Mullallys, Mullalleys, etc. Be careful not to enter single letter criteria e.g. 'W' as this will return all names with a W anywhere in the surname of given name.

    An additional option is to use the '%' ( percent ) wildcard character within the search string to match none or more letters which may vary between surnames e.g. AV%GH will return variants of Cavnagh, Cavanagh, Cavanaugh, Kavnagh, Kavanagh, Kavanaugh. Where 'middle' letters of a name may be arranged differently, then this can provide closer matching.

  2. Leaving the surname blank will generate a summary list of ALL available records in the selected categories.

  3. Once records are selected, they are presented by category and selecting the appropriate link will display the details from the records in that category.

  4. Enjoy researching these records. Researchers are especially encouraged to verify data by checking original sources or microfilm copies. Any suggestions or comments will be appreciated. If this facility fails to work as expected, please email Mike Carroll with details.

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