On its face, it seems like a good idea: devise a system that consolidates different spellings

     of names to facilitate ease of searching.

 

     Here is the National Archives' take on it: Soundex System | National Archives

 

     Did you know the system was patented?

 

                                     Patent 1,261,167 for Soundex System, 1918.bmp

  

 

     Here is a circa 1954 brochure from Remington-Rand, touting its Soundex system:

 

           Know a Man Named Burke, from Soundex Catalog - RG 64, P 169, file Policy - Referral of Letters to INS.jpg

 

           Pages from Soundex Catalog - RG 64, P 169, file Policy - Referral of Letters to INS.jpg

 

     The Immigration and Naturalization Service used the Soundex;

     here is its catalog (also from the brochure)

 

         INS Office with Soundex System, from Catalog - RG 64, P 169, file Policy - Referral of Letters to INS.jpg:

           from RG 64, P 169, file "Policy - Referral of Letters to INS, 1954" (in NAID 23812735)

 

 

    So how do you like using the Soundex?