Remember Soundex?? When was the last time you had to use it??
Do you even know what Soundex is?? Here is a Wikipedia article.
We used to use Soundex so much that Rootsweb even came up with a converter, remember??
I honestly have to say, it has been so long since I needed to use Soundex that I did not recognize it while doing some research in Washington state birth records index. Well, not right away anyway. I sat at the film reader trying to figure out the game plan for this massive set of records for a few minutes, ok, a lot of minutes.
The organization methods didn't seem to be making any sense, Lexxx, Lixxx, Laxxx, I am thinking, Carol you really really need more coffee! This is just not making sense, wondering, can they infuse that caffeine directly into my veins??
Then, all of a sudden my old researching tricks (wanted to say skills, but, not sure I have skills anymore, so, lets just say tricks) came back in a blast from the past.
SOUNDEX, that is how this is organized. Well, WOWSERS!! See:
"L 216" (the L does not show in this graphic, which does not show the full amount of information contained in the index), the Soundex for Lashbrook, and lookie see, I found a few!
It all works when you know the game plan!
Next challenge wii be finding these records on the records film. Gotta say, I am really glad I remembered what Soundex was! LOL
Remember Soundex? When was the last time you used it??