Children of the Shenandoah Index
NEW FEATURES: Wildcard (? * +) capability has been added to the search, where "?" stands for any single letter or no letter at all, "*" represents any number of characters, and "+" requires exactly one character in the indicated position. Therefore, "Holl?r" will return both "Hollar" and "Holler." Likewise, "Fad?l?y" will return "Fadeley," "Fadely" and "Fadley." "Wilkin?" yields both "Wilkin" and "Wilkins" etc. It is highly recommended that you read the helpful hints about wildcards at least once to get a feeling of the capability present.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Volumes 1 to 9 of Marvin Vann's 1860 Census with Supplemental Data are now in print and available directly from the publisher at prices of $35-37 each, significantly below those asked on eBay, etc. which have often been at or above $100 each when out of print. He is working on Vol 10 and it should be available early 2014.
Format of name is: Last, First Middle with a single space after the surname-comma and between first and middle names. It may be of interest to query on only the surname in which case you probably wish to follow it with a comma e.g. "Lastname,". Try it both with and without to see why. You may wish to begin with a leading space to exclude long surnames which have the short one you're looking for embedded within. e.g. " Burner" vs. "Burner" in order to exclude "Stoneburner".
Married females are listed under both maiden and married surnames. In the case of the latter, their maiden name follows in parentheses. Nicknames are also indexed and may be recognized as such because they are followed by a quotation mark; e.g.: ' Bobby" '. Sometimes searching on just a first name is useful, particularly if it is not common. Don't necessarily assume a name is too common. "Jodi", for example, yields less than a half dozen hits. Also, if you want only Sam don't query for "Sam" as that will also return all the "Samuel"s. Instead, add a space and query for 'Sam ' (or 'Sam"' depending on whether Sam is a "real" name or nickname). If only a particular gender is wanted, enter lastname preceded by gender and two spaces (e.g. "f . smith,").
Dates may also be searched. For example, how many births or deaths occurred on your birthday? Format for dates is "DD MMM YYYY". Single digit days are space-digit (e.g. " 7") rather than zero-digit (e.g. "07"). Again, you might search on a specific date: "31 Jan 1971", or within the decade: "31 Jan 197", or the month: "Jan 1971", or day "31 Jan", etc.
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