I finally figured out what the problem was with the search feature and permalink problem. Clicking on the title of any post should take you to its permalink and comments page (each post has its own page). This wasn’t happening. Anyway, it turns out that though some posts were labeled as “published” the “status” was unpublished.
The problem now is that this has to be corrected manually,… post by post. I’m working my way backward to 2004. I’m about halfway finished. 8)