Some names are made for “unexact” searches or the use of wildcards. Trautvetter is one of those names.
I was reviewing probate records for members of the Trautvetter family using the “Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999” at Ancestry.com. Because the name gets spelled a variety of ways, I searched for troutvetter with the search slider set to “exact, sounds like and similar.” I obtained ten matches.
In reviewing those items (partially shown in the first image), I realized there were no results for the Michael Trautvetter who died in 1869. I knew he had a probate as I had used the records before. I knew they were online as I had used them at Ancestry.com before. Why wasn’t my search locating them?
I decided to search for troutfetter instead with the slider set to “exact, sounds like and similar.” Sure enough there were the entries for Adam and Michael Troutfetter.
But the search apparently is not working correctly–or at least not the way I think it should. Troutfetter and Troutvetter do sound very much alike.
Why doesn’t the “sounds like” setting bring them both up? I should not have to search for them separately.