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+ The wildcard character - % - can represent any character in a keyword. For example:

Smith% will return all entries that start with "Smith", whereas
%Smith% will return any entries that have "Smith" somewhere in the name (such as "Shoesmith")


+ The wildcard character is also very useful when searching for an entry by an option other than surname. For instance, a search of:

%Windsor% in a locality or description field will find the word "Windsor" anywhere in that field

Note: The Index to the Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 is not included in KeyName Search.

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