I really hope that I’m doing something wrong.
A search for the last name of Trautvetter in “All Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961” at Ancestry.com with the “Exact, sounds like, similar & soundex” checked brought no matches. Not one. This was something of a surprise as I knew that descendants of Christian Troutfetter were still living in Kansas during that time period. I was also pretty certain that Trautvetter and Troutfetter sounded alike.
I even double checked to make certain I had the “Exact, sounds like, similar & soundex” checked. I did. The “Match all terms exactly” box in the upper left hand corner can be checked as that’s supposed to tell the search to only give me what I ask for (in this case the spelling variants) and not names like Tardassian or something equally inane.
But it should give me Troutfetter–Trautvetter and Troutferrer do sound alike and they are Soundex equivalent (T631). But I still got no results.
The only way to get the “Troutfetter” results was to search for Troutfetter.
But if the “Exact, sounds like, similar & soundex” option is checked, searching for “Trautvetter” should bring about “Troutfetter.”
Or am I doing something wrong?
Or do Trautvetter and Troutfetter not sound alike in Kansas?