Category Archives: Surnames

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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Oral History –Verifying Oral History

Continuing with my Oral History Series. Today we are going to look at how we can verify the truth of Oral History and what happens if we cannot substantiate it. Whilst we may trust those that have shared snippets and … Continue reading

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Oral History – A Pinch of Salt or a Grain of Truth? (Part Two)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been an attendee at the Yorkshire Guild of One-Name Studies (one-name.org) regional meeting – you can read that post here In that post I mentioned that there was a link to … Continue reading

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Oral History – A Pinch of Salt or a Grain of Truth?

Continuing the oral history series and the post from yesterday A few years ago whilst at the funeral of another family member I mentioned the story to my late Mum’s first cousin. I asked if he knew of the story? … Continue reading

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Oral History – The Importance & Pitfalls

Oral history can give us a clue of where to look, but should not be added to genealogical databases unless you can verify the accuracy of the research or you have identified that an individual has been added on the … Continue reading

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Oral History – Why Bother?

Oral history is a great way of sharing history with the older generation. The older the individual in your family you talk to, perhaps the further back you might get with your family history. My Great Aunt, born in 1900 … Continue reading

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Sources & Citations Series – Approaches to Writing Sources

Continuing with the Sources and Citations Series. Whilst we all hope that we will record absolutely perfect citations we have to accept that there will be days when we do not. These will occur because there are a million things whizzing … Continue reading

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