What is Soundex?
Beginning with the 1880 U.S. Census, surnames were indexed using a phonetic system called Soundex. Soundex encodings have four characters--an alphabetic character followed by three numerics. The initial alphabetic Soundex character is the first character of the surname. The three numerics that follow are calculated as follows:
The Whipple Genweb Implementation of Soundex
If you click a "Use Soundex" checkbox, the search form attempts to convert the contents of the adjacent input field to Soundex. If the input field contains multiple words, the search form attempts to convert all of them to Soundex.
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