I would love to be able to use wildcards. It's so difficult to guess what the mangled version of a name would be.
We are looking into different ways that we could improve wildcarding at the moment
Any progress on this? Wildcards are **essential**
Putting an * after a word does seem to make a difference to search results, but it isn't clear how it screens the results...
Osmund Bullock commented
Two and half years on, nothing appear to be happening with regard to this - why not? I strongly support the idea of being able to use wildcards - with substantial (and inevitable) OCR misreadings in earlier newspapers, a huge number of positive results are missed. This seriously reduces the usefulness of the site, and ultimately raises the question of whether it is worth continuing with my subscription.
I totally agree. It's absolutely essential to introduce wildcards into all searches. Without these (*? etc) a lot of important information is lost