As we work on correcting the data for the O’Connell name in the different census’ we continue to learn more about the search functions on the different websites. My first error, I shared in the post I Made a Mistake. Recently I learned a bit about the search function on the National Archives of Ireland website as well.
What I learned on the National Archives Website:
The ‘Exact matches only’ does not work well. I put in OConnell as the search criteria and clicked on exact matches. The results where an overwhelming zero! Nothing, no OConnell’s listed. But, if I take away the ‘Exact matches only’ and hit enter, for the 1901 Census, I got back 6,125! Plus, in that 6,125 people enumerated it did list the OConnell name, just like I asked for with ‘Exact matches only’.
So, my take away is this:
No matter what website you are using, play with the search functions before you record your data. If you use an apostrophe in your name, you better play with those searches for a long time so you know how they work.