Recipe #4 --- Using Soundex --- cont.
No matter how long a name is, it's Soundex Code is always the first letter of
the name and 3 numbers. In a long name, the extra letters are disregarded.
For example: If you are coding the name WASHINGTON, you would slash out A H
I and O. The code would be W followed by the numbers for S N and G. The T
and final N would be disregarded. The code is W252.
If the name is short, you will have to add zeros to the end. For example:
If you are coding the name KUHN, you would cross out the U and H. That
leaves only K and N. The code would be K500.
If you are coding a name with a prefix, such as Van, Von, De, Di, Le, etc.,
you should code it both with and without the prefix because it may be listed
under either code. This seems to be inconsistent. Mac and Mc are not
considered to be prefixes so you would always code with them.
In names with double letters, you TREAT THE DOUBLE LETTER AS ONE and slash
the second one out.
In names with letters side by side that have the same number on the
Soundexing Code, you TREAT THE LETTERS AS ONE and slash the others out. For
example: In the name JACKSON, C and K and S all have the same code number.
Use only the C and cross the other two out--as well as the A and the O. The
code would be J250.
ONCE THE NAME IS CORRECTLY CODED, you are ready to use the microfilm Soundex
Card Index, which is organized by state. Look, first, under the correct
state, then find the correct code number. The names will be arranged
alphabetically by first name or initial. You will need to review the
microfilmed cards for all the persons with the first name you are looking for
to find your ancestor. Once you have found the correct card, copy down the
Name of Head of Family
County and State of Residence
E.D. # (Enumeration District)
With this information, you will be able to easily locate the entry on the
census film. This will save much precious time. Otherwise, you would have
to search the entire county or township (if it is known).
Helpful Hint: Code all your surnames at home and keep the list with you.
This way you won't have to keep re-coding them each time you do census
Happy Hunting, Cookies!