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Yes. AmericanAncestors.org only requires two characters before using a wildcard in the First Name, Last Name, and Keyword fields.
The Keywords field and all other free text search boxes additionally support the following wildcards:
apple and pear
both words must be present
apple or pear
either word can be present
apple w/5 pear
apple must occur within 5 words of pear
apple and not pear
only apple must be present
name contains smith
the field name must contain smith
matches any single character, e.g. smit? matches smith
matches any number of characters, e.g. smit* matches smith, smithson, smithee, etc.
You must use at least two characters before using a wildcase, e.g. sm* rather than s*
between words requires them both
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