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June 20, 2008

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The "BEST" part of the new enhanced search is the ability to find a female by her married name. i.e. - looking for a female whose Given Names contains Kathleen and whose Spouse's Surname is Smith will find Kathleen Jones who married James Smith!! I have asked for this feature in the past. Thanks so much, Millenia!

Another good search tool, I call it the Best.
Lets say you get an information little as this: Wilhelm POMMERENING, 1889
and you have a large database of the name POM..... How do you find this person as you have about 30 to 40 persons with the name of Wilhelm, Willy ie. placed as 1st, 2nd or 3rd first name?
Just click the search button. Then go to detailed search and choose person > last name > includes > put in POM (This because there are plenty of different spellings of POMMERENING and one never know if the name is written correctly). Then go to the 2nd line use AND and choose Person > any date > includes > now put in the year 1889 and you will get a list of all appearences of the name of POMMERENING or likewise and all appearences of the year 1889 which could be a marriage, birth, death, burried date or even a date in your notice and event fields.

I asked ... Millenia did.

Thanks Millennia
Uwe G. Pommerening, Germany.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for that simple word contains!
I have been researching all the Deardeuffs and the variations of the name and entering them into a database called Everydrdff. Now, I can just search for anyone containing deard in their name and find them in what ever county they were living in during whatever year I want to know!What a powerful word "Contains" has been for me! It is assisting me in putting families together that I couldn't put together before! Beautiful.
LeAnne Deardeuff

How should one deal with places which have changed names many times?
Best genealogical practice is to name locations as they were known at the time of the eventduring the event. This seems to conflict with geographical location and mapping software which rely upon modern location names.
My family came from Hall's Mills in Mansfield Woodhouse township in Morris county NJ. That place has changed "location" many times. It is still in NJ but it has been in three counties and several townships and even the village name has changed. It would be nearly impossible to find the place today based upon several of its "old" names. Don't we need a "now" designation for place names that can be put into narratives automatically in addition to the correct "then" name.

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