I agree, George. Another addition would be to have a date field (like Ancestry) to cut down on the list. If we had middle name and a date field, say the birth year, that would help. No so much a problem with unique names, but it seems most searches, for me anyway, are for fairly common names.
I’ve tried doing what you are saying, if I’m reading you right, first and middle name in the first field, but his doesn’t help much.