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ancestry has improved their wildcard search

Postby vj » 08 Jan 2010, 15:18

ancestry.com (subscription) has improved their wildcard search!
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Improved Wildcard flexibility has been one of the our most requested feature updates.
So to start out 2010 on a happy note, we’ve updated our wildcard functionality.

Previously, you had to use three characters and then either a * or a ?.

We’ve made a few changes:

- Now you can put a wildcard first, such as *son or ?atthew to catch all of those crazy spellings and variations that our ancestors came up with.

- Either the first or last character must be a non-wildcard character. For example, Han* and *son are okay, but not *anso*

- Names must contain at least three non-wildcard characters. For example, Ha*n is okay, but not Ha*

These changes apply to both simple search and advanced search, and both old and new search.

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Re: ancestry has improved their wildcard search

Postby johnnyonthespot » 08 Jan 2010, 15:36

vj wrote:ancestry. com (subscription) has improved their wildcard search!


That's nice. Now, if they would just improve the ordering of the search results...

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Re: ancestry has improved their wildcard search

Postby wldspirit » 08 Jan 2010, 17:51

A much needed improvement!! :D
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