Surname to Soundex Code
The Soundex system is the means established by the National
Archives to index the U.S. censuses (beginning with 1880).
It codes together surnames of the same and similar sounds
but of variant spellings. Soundexes are arranged by state,
Soundex code of the surname, and given name.
Soundex codes begin with the first letter of the surname followed
by a three-digit code that represents the (first three) remaining
consonants. Let the Soundex converter do the tricky work for you
and capture the nuances of the coding scheme (such as coding adjacent
like letters as one). Enter above the surname that you want coded.
Soundex Coding Guide
1 = B,P,F,V
The letters A,E,I,O,U,Y,H, and W are not coded.
2 = C,S,G,J,K,Q,X,Z
3 = D,T
4 = L
5 = M,N
6 = R
Note that surname prefixes such as van, Von, Di, de,
le, D', dela, or du are sometimes disregarded in
alphabetizing and in coding.
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