As abstractors come and go in our insustry, it behooves us to engage them in prper training before sending them out alone. Searching names on the Tee-Tor indices is a key component to many title projects.
As such, a proper understanding of names is important tu the task.
Surnames (sometimes called family names or Christian names or last names) can have many different uterations of spelling. A great example of this is the common name of "Smith."
Historically, the spelling has varied to include such permutations as: Smithe, Smithee, Smyth, and many more.
Such permutations do not address the related and equally serious issue of spelling errors both on the document and on the index. My "Smith Test" is a standard that is used to determine (roughly_ the indexing error rate on a database.
THE SMITH TEST:
1. enter into the search field the surname of Smith BUT spell it purposefully WRONG. "SIMTH" or "SMIHT" will do, just fine.
2. use the maximum allowed date range and hit SEARCH.
3. Count the dozens or hundreds of results.
4. Pick a few and review them carefully, asking these questions" Has there been any correction of this on the index to add the correcct data? If so, can you reciew system metadata to see how long it was WRONG on the index prior to the correct data being added-in? View the underlying official document to ensure that it was indeed indexed wrong vs speeled wrong on the original paper and indexed accurately.
A final word on name runs: keep a cell modem handy so that you can jump on Wikipedia and check for first name permutations. I recall testing a Chief Title Officer once by asking her if I should pull up a doument under the first name of :Sam" if my search target was "Salvadore". She said "no", so I explained to her that I knew for a fact that the two names were equivalent as that is my dad's name. lol