Check this box to include variant spellings and names of geographic locations.
For example, a search for ‘Kovno’ will also return results containing ‘Kannas,’ ‘Kauen,’ ‘Kaunas,’ ‘Kovna,’ ‘Kovnah,’ ‘Kovne,’ ‘Kowna,’ ‘Kowno,’ and others.
Fuzzy matching will search for close variants of the information you entered. For example, a search for ‘Cohen’ will also return results for ‘Cohn,’ ‘Acohen,’ and others.
D-M Soundex (Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex) matching uses a phonetic algorithm to match the information you entered by sound. This tool has been refined to provide more accurate matches of Eastern European and Yiddish surnames. For example, a search for ‘Zusman’ will also return results for ‘Ziszmann,’ ‘Suessmann,’ ‘Schatzmann,’ ‘Jachmann,’ and others.
Search partial names or initials using an asterisk wild card character (*). For example, a search for ‘R*ski’ will return results for ‘Rumkowski,’ ‘Rotski,’ and others. To expand searches on the last name to include the possibility of entries using the feminine suffix, Rumkowska, one could search ‘Rumkowsk*’ and ‘Ch*.’ The wild card ‘*’ will not work at the beginning of a search string, and will not work in conjunction with the D-M Soundex.