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The database contains the indexes compiled Peter Manning, FIGRS. In his work Peter grouped some family name variants together. When the index was converted to a database only one name was included. For articles about a particular family (eg in Vol 4 No 1, (1968); The Galbraiths of Cappard) there is one index entry with forename "Family of" and a range of pages like "025-028".
Many of the articles appearing in the Irish Genealogist are based on old documents when name spelling varied a lot. Thus, the same family may be spelt in different ways. Some will be phonetically similar such as NEALE and NEILL. The use of prefixes has changed over time and varies between sources. The person recorded as John O'GRADY in one document may be the same as John GRADY in another. The NEILL family may appear as O'NEILL, NEALE, MCNEILL etc.
Search options family field
Taking these factors into account the default search will return a number of variants to the family name being sought. The Default search for the family NEILL will return NEILL, O'NEILL, MCNEILL, MC NEILL.
If you are interested in the family SWAN using the default search will return SWAN, SWANN SWANZY and any other family beginning with SWAN. To restrict you search only to SWAN you should choose the exact family search option.
Sometimes a family has a compound name such as CROKER-KING, and the first two search options for KING will not find CROKER-KING. The third option finds all names that contain the search term. Thus searching for JOHN would also return AP JOHN.
Search options forename field
There are two search options for forenames. The first and default option finds all forenames that contain the search term. Searching for "Ed" will return names like Edward and Edwin but also names like "George Kedman". The second search option returns all the forenames beginning with the search term. This when searching for "Ed" will return named like "Edward John" but not "John Edward".
Currently the results are ordered by volume, family, forename and page. This means that when you have a paper copy of the Irish Genealogist the results are grouped in a convenient way. Options for other results orders may be implemented later.
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