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MarriageMatch 1837-2005
Frogmarch 2002 - Whitby
tobyaw
Today Findmypast released a fully searchable index of marriages in England and Wales between 1837 and 2005. This is the first time a search can be made across the full year range, searching for the bride's and bridegroom's names together.

http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2010/11/fully-name-searchable-marriage-records-1837-2005-on-findmypastcouk/

I've spent time over the past couple of months working on preparing the data for this. Good to see it launched. Family history researchers will find this very useful.

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An awful lot of people in my mother's family tree suffer from incorrect spelling by officials, which makes them a PITA to find. Surname Chinnery: Chinery, Chenery, Chennery, Chinry... and my grandmother's birth certificate has her recorded as Chimery. We thought she'd been indexed wrongly but it turned out she was indexed correctly, but under the wrong name. Sigh.

Off to play with this for the next few hours anyway! :D

A Soundex "sounds like" search option should turn up name variations like that; or a more recent algorithm that eliminates some of Soundex's issues - I know they exist because I looked them up at one point, but Soundex is the memorable name.

If there isn't such an option on the site, tobyaw can suggest adding it! ;-)

Edited at 2010-11-30 06:19 pm (UTC)

FMP will show up the first two or three of those variant spellings happily (and Chinner, which I'd not seen before), but I'm not sure how far beyond that it goes.

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