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The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.

June 6, 2014

Follow Friday: Using Search Wildcards on Genealogy Websites from Genealogy Insider

Do you get frustrated when you can't find your ancestor in the various website search engines? Want to know which wildcards a website search engine will take? You know, those special characters like * or ? that help you search for variant spellings of your ancestor's surname.

Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider has a great blog post called "Using Search Wildcards on Genealogy Websites," describing just what it takes to use wildcards at such sites as Ancestry.com, Mocavo, FamilySearch and others.

Yes, she's describing a genealogy class you can take through Family Tree Magazine University, but she has some great tips you can use now even if you don't plan to sign up for the class.

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