Belarus SIG #Belarus Better searches (no more 3-character requirement) using Steve Morse's One Step #belarus


Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>
 

GOOD NEWS!!! -- We can now search on a popular commercial genealogy
website without having to put in three characters for the name. Up until now, if you entered a
partial first name or a partial last name, you had to enter at least
three characters. But Steve Morse has written some new code that gets
around this limitation by searching on all combinations of the letters
that we left out.

For example, suppose you want to search for all people with first
initial J and last name Smith. Steve's software will automatically
search for all Smiths with first names starting with Jaa, then Jab, then

Jac, etc. up to Jzz. It might take as much as 5 minutes to get all the
results, but it's automatic -- you submit one search and Steve does 676
searches for you. And if you search for all Smiths with first name
starting with Ja, Steve can do that faster (less than ten seconds)
because he only has to do 26 searches in that case.

To use this feature, go to Steve's website at http://stevemorse.org and
select any of his search forms that use this site (e.g., any of his
passenger search forms other than Ellis Island, and his census
search-by-name form for any census year). Then enter less than three
characters for either the first or last name, and Steve's new software
will kick in, doing repeated searches on your behalf.

If you have any problems with it or questions about it or even comments
about it, please write to Steve directly rather than asking me.
Steve's address is at the top of his website.

- Diane Jacobs
Somerset, NJ

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