Why does sorting on name (with asterix) and surname distort?

+3 votes
In trying to connect the following profile (and perhaps find duplicates), I have entered in the surname field "Ras" and in the first name field "Al*" (with asterix following the ''al'').

Search Results: 347 matches for "Ale* Ras". Only the first 100 are displayed below. You may be able to see others by narrowing your search criteria.
Sort by First Name | Last Name at Birth | Birth Date | Death Date | Profile Manager
and then by First Name |Last Name at Birth |Death Date |Profile Manager
[show merging and matching options]

The result:

Alexander Rose abt 1400 - Rose-4132

Alexander Rose abt 1480 - aft 1518 Strachan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Rose-4144 managed by Gene Adkins

Alexander Ross 1516 Balnagoun, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland - 25 Oct 1592 Ross-91 managed by Gene Adkins

Alert Gijsbertsz abt 1576 Herwijnen, Gelderland, NTH - bef 26 Feb 1615 Gijsbertsz-13 managed by Dutch Roots Project WikiTree

Alexander Ross 1580 ROSS & CROMARTY - Ross-3966 managed by Colin Mcdonald

Cornelis Alertsz Roosa abt 1609 Herwijnen, Lingewaal, Gelderland, Netherlands - Roosa-59 managed by Dutch Roots Project WikiTree

Aletta (Ras) Liebenberg 1763 - Ras-103 managed by Cape of Good Hope Project Profile WikiTree


All names varying from Roos to Ross to Roose etc.

Question: is this a bug?
WikiTree profile: Aletta Liebenberg
in The Tree House by Philip van der Walt G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
edited by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+4 votes
Best answer
Hi Philip, I think what has happened is that the search function, now automatically searches for surname variations.  You can turn this off, but the only way I know to do that is to do the search as you have done, then on the list of results, scroll down and there is a button you can switch from Yes to No.  Then I just hit the search button again.

Maybe someone else knows how you can change the default before you search?
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (481k points)
selected by Ellen Smith
Actually if you go to the Search page, instead of using the search function at the top of the Wikitree screen, you can change the search parameters there.
+3 votes
I believe you mean asterisk (*). Asterix was a cartoon Gaul :)
by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (245k points)

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