For day two we are going to look at surnames in your family that might be suitable for a study. Maybe you want to focus on your own surname, or perhaps one you acquired through adoption or marriage. Maybe you have a brick wall in your family tree that you want to knock down.
Why not take a look at those surnames. Perhaps the names of your Great Grandparent? I did a quick search for my own Great Grandparents surnames and my husband’s. Here they are:
Butcher, Harris, Matthews and Elstone appear on my maternal side. Of those Butcher, Elstone and Matthews are registered names, Butcher registered by myself. Harris is not registered, but a member has recorded a surname interest.
Orlando, Virciglio, Licata and Nola appear on my paternal side. All these are Italian surnames and the only one registered is Orlando, which is registered by myself.
My husband Great Grandparents had the following names:
Goucher, Davies, Worship and Rhodes appear on his paternal line. Goucher and Worship are both registered. Worship is registered to me and I share that with my husband.
Whereas, Dinsdale, Redhead, Self and Kirtley are on his maternal line. Dinsdale is registered. Redhead is recorded as a surname interest by two members, one of which is me. Self and Kirtley are not registered.
So, how did you get on? Were any names registered or listed as a surname interest? If you have any interesting surnames please leave a comment below.