Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What do I do if there are no results for the full name I input?
There are four main reasons you might not get any results from a full name search:
- You have miss-typed the name.
- The name held within the GPR database is slightly different.
- The surname is a double barrelled name
- There are no entries for that name.
The solution to this is to correct the mistake and re-enter the search.
If you input more than one forename then the chances of failure are much greater.
A good strategy is to use a shorten version over the forename and surname.
Even if you do find a match for the full name, it is a good idea to do another search with just the first initial and the surname. This is particularly important if the person was in a war. Names on war memorials often only give the initial of the forename.
The name within the GPR database is slightly different
There are usually three reasons for this:
- There are a variety of different spellings for the surname.
- There are a variety of different spellings for the forename.
- The forenames are in a different order.
To help researchers, the GPR website has a search feature that allows people to view all the surnames held within its database.
This feature is called Surname lists and can be found on the main search page which can be accessed via the SEARCH link on the top menu on every page.
For example, there are adjacent graves in Cappagh's Church burial ground, Tyrone, Ireland with the surnames Nickol and Nickle. It is highly likely that these graves belong to the same family.
The Surname list search will show both of these names as well as other alternatives.
The surname is a double barrelled name
There are a number of problems in the way in which double barrelled names are dealt with. The GPR has attempted to standardise the way it treats these names but unfortunately some exceptions slip through!
There are no entries for that name
There are a number of reasons why there is no entry for a particular name:
- The cemetery where they are buried has not been photographed.
- The cemetery where they are buried has been photographed but either the cemetery has only been partly photographed, there is no grave monument, it is illegible or it was accidentaly missed.