Querying databases is great, but there’s one thing about them that sometimes is frustrating–you can’t see all the names in the database.

Years ago I used the Germans to America series of immigration books to search for various immigrant ancestors. Today the same material can be searched online at a variety of sites. One of the things I liked about the books was that I could browse all the names in the index. While I realize that one can perform Soundex and wildcard searches, sometimes it was helpful to just look at all the names that started with a certain letter and see if it fit.

Sometimes you can’t do that with database queries because they are not set up to allow you to see all the last names that start with a certain letter.

You can do that with a book.



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