Pam demonstrated the WebSearch feature of RootsMagic 4 which is one of the main navigation tabs (along with Pedigree View, Family View, Descendants View and People).
As is my wont (and often my downfall) I wandered off on my own to "play around" with the software. While everybody else was clicking on the WebSearch for ancestry.com, I went clicking on some of the other "Standard Search Providers" websites (Ancestry, Ancestry Message Boards, Bing, Family Search, Find a Grave, Footnote, GenealogyBank, Google, Rootsweb, WorldVitalRecords and Yahoo!).
I had my great-grandfather, Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) as my selected person, so when I clicked on the "Search Footnote.com" button, his name was in the Search fields in RootsMagic. The results showed:
No matches? Hmmm, strange - I know that he's in the 1860 census and in other documents, but perhaps without a middle name or initial. Checking the Footnote screen carefully, I noticed that the search on Footnote was only for a given name of "Frank Walton" - there was no search field with the surname "Seaver."
I put "Frank Walton Seaver" in the Footnote.com search field (within the WebSearch system) and found:
324 matches, not all of them for persons named "Frank Walton Seaver." Most of them were "Frank Seaver" matches.
Strange, I thought. so I went to www.Footnote.com and used the Keyword search field and entered "Frank Walton Seaver:"
And after hitting the "Search" button, received 324 matches:
I recalled that there was a "Person" search, so I clicked on that and entered "Frank" and "Seaver" in the search fields:
After clicking "Search," I received 47 matches for persons named "Frank Seaver:"
I tested out the RootsMagic 4 WebSearch on Footnote.com with several other persons, and in every case the RootsMagic 4 WebSearch put only the Given Name in the Footnote.com search field and returned matches only for the Given Name.