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Search All Possible Names

Search for individuals by specifying a given name, surname or both. A table of all matching individuals is returned with links to each record.

  • All recorded names for each person are checked.
  • With women, both maiden names and husbands’ surnames are checked (unless the family record is flagged as ‘Unmarried Couple’ or ‘Never Married’). Matching a woman’s husband’s surname is done on the assumption that his surname is likely to be her married name.
  • Leave both fields blank to get a complete list of all names from your Project. This replicates the TMG all names list.

Download Search All Possible Names V1.6

  • Family Historian Version(s): V5 V6 V7
  • Plugin Type: Standard
  • Written by Jane Taubman
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Version History

  • 1.2 If user cancels the prompt it now simply returns
  • 1.2 Corrected incorrect operation where user presses enter rather than pressing the OK button.
  • 1.3 Added option to search using basic soundex for both the name and surname.
  • 1.4 Added Default values from the currently selected record if there is one
  • 1.5 Fix identification of Secondary Names and a search of subfields for Nickname, Used Name and the Surname and Given Name subfields.
  • 1.6 V7 compatibility

3 thoughts on “Search All Possible Names”

  1. I would like this feature of search name/surname in multiple gedcom files, because usually I work on many projects at the same time.
    It might be possible within FH?
    Thank you!

  2. I think it is a shame that women’s partners surnames are excluded when flagged as ‘Unmarried Couple’ or ‘Never Married’. In the C19th in England when divorce was impossible for most and bigamy could lead to hard labour in prison it was not uncommon for couples who never married to live as husband and wife with the women going by the husband’s surname. I have a no. of instances on my tree where this plugin won’t find a name a woman used unless entered as an alternative. These irregular relationships can be hardest to work out and so where this could have been most useful.

    Less useful than it could have been.

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