Monday, November 23, 2009

What does Soundex mean

The National Archives uses a system called Soundex to index census records (1880-1930) and some of their passenger arrival records (also called immigration records). The Soundex system is based on the sound of a name rather than the exact spelling. Each Soundex Code contains the first letter of the surname followed by three numbers. Example: the Soundex Code for Hoffmann is H155. To use this system you simply convert the surname you are searching for into a Soundex Code. Then look for the appropriate microfilm roll that contains that code. The easiest way to do this is to use Rootsweb's Soundex Converter. Enter a surname, click on "get soundex code," and the soundex code is returned to you


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