Category Archives: Surnames

Surname Research – Variants

When I registered the surname of Butcher with the Guild of One-Name Studies back in 2016 I had already been working on the surname. Not just my own links to the surname, but also the other facets of the study, … Continue reading

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Dear Kath, Love Ron: Letters 1937 to 1946 Edited by Mike Spathaky

A day or so ago I received an email from a fellow member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, Mike Spathaky. The reason for the note was to let me know that his book, Dear Kath, Love Ron will be … Continue reading

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Virtual Genealogical Association 2019 Conference

A few weeks ago I was asked to share the promote the following conference which is to be hosted by the Virtual Genealogical Association. It takes place in early November 2019. I will be speaking, although not live. My presentation … Continue reading

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Review of #FamilyTreeLive

I had hoped to get this review published earlier, but other deadlines and domestics I am afraid played a part in the delay. After a gap of a year in the UK without a significant genealogical show or event it … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Portuguese Surnames

Rather similar to Spanish surnames, Portuguese ones are divided into: First names – Nomes Proprios Last names – Apelidos Last names are formed from surnames representing the heritage from both sides of the family. Such as: First names – Jose … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Spanish Surnames

Continuing with the European Ancestors material. In Spain children typically are given their first name followed by two surnames. The first surname represents their father’s surname and the second represents their mother’s surname. Since 1999, the gender equality laws have … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Surnames

If you are researching an European surname there is a chance you are capturing every instance of that surname wherever you locate it irrespective of whether it connects to your own family or not. The concept of examining the details … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Surname Distribution Maps

Surname distribution maps are very helpful in identifying a presence for a surname in a particular country. Below there are a list of Country specific distribution maps. Austria Czech Republic France Germany – Digital dictionary of German surnames Ireland Italy Poland … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Researching in Lithuania

There are five regions in Lithuania which are known as Rajonas. Each region has a post office that serves the outlaying villages and that town was known as the Pastas. A village or small town town was known typically as … Continue reading

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Oral History – Hints & Tips

Continuing with my Oral History Series. Today I am going to look at hints and tips. This is a tip that I think is useful for any research. Review your data and evidence. Note on your research log when you reviewed … Continue reading

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