Soundex works by encoding a surname into a combination of a letter followed by 3 digits.
The intention is that names which sound the same will produce the same encoding. Hence to
look for matching names, all one has to do is to compare the Soundex values.
The Cheshire BMD site can make use of this when you
ask to search its indexes.
To see the Soundex value for the names that you are interested in, use our
Soundex Code Demonstrator page.
Alternatively, if you enter a name in the box below and press the List Names
button, we will search a large list of surnames that we have gathered from the
Cheshire BMD web site to show you
all that match the name. The list that we will display is not a complete list
of names, it is only names that we know of from our work in indexing some of the births,
marriages and deaths records from Cheshire.