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Names database in order to better understand handwritings!

I would like to be able to get a list of all the names already indexed in a .txt or something. It would really help me, and even more if I could filter by date and of course, by region too. I don't know a lot of names that were used long ago, so, if I could only have them (cause incredibly, there is no website that in an intuitive way disposes the names for searching) it would be a lot easier for me in the process of reading, receiving revelation and understanding handwritings, because there is a probability that while indexing I'll find name was already indexed, I mean, that other people who were indexed may have that same name, not the same person of course.
Remember, all I ask is a way to download or have access to the names in an alphabetical order so I can have a database in my head when indexing. Thank you.
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  • The old indexing program had this feature, but the new online indexing program does not. A lot of people have requested it and I believe it is planned to be introduced in the future.
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  • What you are asking for is something researchers also need. But names change depending on the time period and place you are searching.
    One thing you can do is google the place and time period. I found an amazing list for Northern Ireland on YouTube.
    There are also sites for old Welsh names, German names, old English names and Colonial names.
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    Using the Search Records feature and filtering it by place, time, film number, etc. can produce a list of given names and surnames. This has been very helpful.

    Sometimes if I have trouble reading surnames in the parish images I use wildcards, such as R* to list all the surnames starting with the letter R. If you limit the wildcard search to the film number that was extracted then you get a list of all the “R” surnames that were extracted or indexed.

    I don’t know if this is helpful to the indexer, but it is a gift from heaven for the researcher.

    I greatly admire those who do indexing. I am often in awe of what they are able to read.
    • There's a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem with applying this method to indexing (if the film is currently being indexed, then there aren't yet any index entries for Search Records to find on that film), but if you broaden the geographic or temporal net, it can be helpful. In fact, I've resorted to this when indexing the civil registrations: if I can't figure out a surname, I search the indexed baptisms for the possibilities to see which one(s) occurred in that location.
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