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Ancestors experts Connie Potter and Marie Taylor explain what the Soundex is.

The Soundex is a coded surname index (using the first letter of the last name and three digits) based on the way a name sounds rather than the way it's spelled. Surnames that sound the same but are spelled differently - such as Smith, Smyth, and Schmidt -- have the same code and are filed together. This system was developed to make it easier to find a particular name even though it may have been spelled (or misspelled, as was more often the case) a variety of ways. The following sites will help you master and use this index, the critical first step to accessing many census records:

 
 
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