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    Can I use wildcards to search?

    Answer

     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*

    ~~ 

    numeric range  

    +

    between words requires them both


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