Is there any way to search the contents of my map where it will include the Notes in the search? At this point, I don't care if it is a missed native function or a third party add-in. I just realize this is killing me to not have that level of search capability.
Yes. Next to the "FIND" input box in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, there is a pull down list with the binoculars icon. Use the pull down list and choose the option "Search". A side pane should open up. Click the "Show more options" link. Select the "notes" option.
There's also the short-cut key, control+shift+alt+F to open the pane.