I realize that OCR searches are problematic, but this seems a little bit more problematic than usual.
I searched for “Demoss” in the “Maryland Archives, 1658-1783” with the hopes of finding something on my family from that state.
The search brought up 1484 hits as shown in the image below. Many of these were for non-Demoss names or words. Particularly “dammages” and “damages.” There were lots of damages in my results.
There were no results for dammages as last name. I also obtained no results when I searched for that word as a keyword as well. No damages and no results.
It’s been a while since I’ve had any advanced coursework in number theory or algebra, but I’m pretty certain that 0 is not the same as 1484. In algebra, 0 is particularly interesting and has a variety of special properties.
Here 0 is just frustrating.
There are 0 results for “dammages” as a last name and 0 results for “dammages” as a keyword.
There are 0 results for “damage” as a last name and 367 results for “damage” as a keyword.
All search results were obtained between 11:00 am and 11:25 am central time.