It is not surprising that transcribers of early records have difficulty in accurately deciphering handwritten script ...especially if it is a foreign language. The Daitch-Mokotoff "Soundex" system will eliminate a lot of variants, but cannot detect the name 'DEUTSCHER' if the original was transcribed as 'DENTSCHER'. Because of this, it is important for those doing an online search to try all possible permutations and variants of a name. Below are some tips to help you in your genealogy research.
- Enter part of a last name. This is often more useful than entering a full last name. Thus entering 'Schamroth' will only return the last name 'Schamroth' whereas entering 'amrot' will return spelling variants such as 'Shamroth', 'Schamroth', 'Szamroth', 'Shamrot', etc.
- Bear in mind typical Polish letter substitutions. For example, the letter 'j' often replaces the letter 'i', and 'sz' often replaces the letters 'sch'.
- You must enter at least 3 characters to do a search.
- Do not enter characters with diacritics... those little dots, squiggles, or lines above certain characters.
- The search engine is not case sensitive.
- Non-members of Shoreshim please note: A search might show results for a specific last name in which the last name is not visible. This is because certain fields (e.g., maiden name, spouse's name) may have been disabled. Only paid-up Members can see such data.