Ancestry.com made some changes to wildcard searching, which might just add enough flexibility to help you finally find an elusive ancestor in the census.
You can now use a wildcard at the beginning of a name youre searching for, but if you do, the name cant end in a wildcard. The name must contain at least three non-wildcards.
The two wildcards are ? to stand in for exactly one letter and * to stand in for any number of letters.