I thought this was taken care of -- by eliminating Soundex as part of the default.
My initial search from a tree was for surname Barrickman. The first 50 results included items (for wrong dates, considering this tree person died in 1804) for Bresnahan, Brezner, Briggen, Brogan, Brookner.
After the first 4 results, which could have been for the tree individual, the top 46 results were
--four impossible Civil War items (death in 1804) with 3 stars, but at least the name was right.
--All of the rest were 3-star items for City Directories; one for 1894, one 1895 and one 1896 (both right name but irrelevant places), the rest from the US City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) group.
Given the wrong dates and names, they should not have had any stars.
So: wrong for name, wrong for dates, wrong for places, and the correct 1790 and 1800 US Census results were missing from the top 50 results (right name, place, time period).
Here's the URL for the search resultshttp://tinyurl.com/6vt56po
Some change seems to have rolled back to the irrelevance of NewSearch in its first year or so of existence.
Is there a fix in the works?
All help appreciated,