Terms and Definitions
Database (skip database)
"Databases" here are specific family-tree files. Submitters
choose a unique user code to identify each family tree submitted.
Any matches will use your spelling exactly, including spaces.
All name and location fields in WorldConnect will be searched
for Soundex matches, with the exception of the main surname
field which has its own option menu.
Surnames will be searched for Metaphone (consonant-sound)
matches. Metaphone is similar to Soundex, but gives somewhat
different results; try both.
Soundex searches will result in names with similar sounds, based on a
coding first used for U. S. census indexes. Do not enter the Soundex code:
the program will do the conversion internally and give you appropriate
Surname and Given Name
"Surname" is another term for last name; "given
name" is a first or middle name.
The person submitting a family tree chooses a unique user code to identify each family tree
Wildcard searches enable you to enter three or more letters,
then an asterisk, and ask for any matches beginning with that
sequence of letters. For instance, Har* would result in
matches of Harold, Harry, Harriett, etc.
More Terms and Definitions
Search a specific family tree
Exclude family tree from search
WorldConnect Search Results
Submitting Your Family Tree
Country & State Abbreviations
||WorldConnect's global search form can be used for both basic searches and
advanced searches. You must enter search criteria in at least one field; you
decide how many fields you wish to specify.
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Hints for successful searches
Fields on search form
- You must enter information in at least one field.
- Try filling in fewer fields if you want more matches.
- Try variant spellings and nicknames -- each submitter has control
over his/her data, so variant spellings/formats are common.
- Use wildcard options where available.
Surname | Given Name |
Birth Place | Omit Blanks |
Birth Year | Death Place |
Death Year | Father, Mother, Spouse |
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Surname (Last Name) and search options
If using this field, enter a surname and select a search
format. Try spelling variants, including spacing variants if
applicable (van Horn and vanHorn, or O'Brien and OBrien, for example).
Soundex or Metaphone searches will give you similar-sounding matches.
Use maiden (birth) names for women instead of married names. You can do
a wildcard search by entering at least the first three letters followed
by an asterisk. For example, Peter* will give you results including
Peter, Peters, Peterson, Peterman, etc.
Given Name (first name)
Enter a name or an initial for this field; leave the field blank if
you are not looking for a specific person or want to broaden your
research. If you enter a first and middle name, matches will include
both names but not necessarily in that order. For example, a search
for Mary Jane will result in matches for those named Mary Jane, and
those named Jane Mary. You can do a wildcard search by entering at
least the first three letters followed by an asterisk. For example,
Har* will give you results including Harold, Harry, Harriett, etc.
Birth or Death Place
You can search for any word appearing in this field (town, township,
county, state, country, province, etc.). If you are doing a search
for a location in the United States, you can enter the state name or
the two-letter abbreviation (Tennessee or TN, for example) and get the
same matches. Your search won't, however, pull matches where the
submitters have misspellings such as Tenessee or if the abbreviation
is inaccurate; when you hit a brick wall, consider common misspellings.
If the location's name includes a space, such as San Diego, do searches
both with and without the space. If the location includes a word such as
St./Saint, remember to try both spellings (the period is not important).
If you are entering a country, try searching by the name and by the
standard abbreviation for the country.
Need help identifying standard abbreviations? Click here
or see the side panel of this page.
Omit Blanks (Birth or Death Place option)
This option will remove any matches where this field is blank or empty. This option
may not always be available.
Birth or Death Year (and range options)
You can search by a specific year by using the "Exact"
option, or you may select a range of dates by using one of the choices
on the drop-down menu. Entering 1900 for a year, and a range of
"+ or - 2 Years", will result in matches from 1898 through
Father, Mother, Spouse fields
In these three fields you can enter a surname, a given name, or both.
You can also use wildcards. Be sure you use maiden names for any
women you are researching. Hints mentioned for the Surname and Given
Name fields apply here also.
This feature is especially convenient if you wish to search all files
except your own. Just enter the database name (user code) in this
field. If you wish to skip more than one database, put a space
between each user code. For example: jsmith adamsg myfile yourfile.
Do not use commas or enter URLs (addresses) in this field.
Need help identifying the user code (database name)? Click here
or follow the link from the index of FAQs.
If you often use the WorldConnect Project for your research, you can
restrict your search to files which have been recently submitted,
modified, or updated. If this is your first search within the
WorldConnect Project, you should select "Forever" so you
search through all databases available.
All name and location fields in WorldConnect will be searched using
Soundex matching, with the exception of the main surname field which
has its own option menu.
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