You are not unique with your surname — family name, there are thousands across the globe with your same surname, no matter how strange or unusual it may be. Many of those same people are also researching their family. You might be related and share the same great great grandparents. If they have done up a web site with details or any other databases (military, cemetery, vital records, photos) on the family name, then the Linkpendium site with surnames is what you need to check.
On the site there are over 9.4 million surname links. They are listed by letters of the alphabetic, so looking for Andrews, go to the A’s. Then the next level will break the letters down making it easier to find. There is a wide-range of cultural and ethnic surnames, across the world. You will want to check various spellings of your family also.
For the surname of ‘Johns’ with some links, a special one was Confederate soldiers named Johns during the Civil War. A record produced was of William M. K. Johns from Fayette County, Tennessee. Imagine finding that record if you had such an ancestor. It even covered when and where Johns surrendered to the Northern Army. Check the different spellings, for Johns, there is John and Johnes. Under photographs was listings with ‘Dead Fred’, a site with a variety of photos.
The number and variety of links to a specific surname can vary. Anywhere between a couple to thousands. There are so names, it may take a bit of time to narrow down the section with the spelling of your surname.
In checking the Linkpendium surname links you might find a few celebrities with that surname as well as places and towns named with that family name.
Photos: William M. K. Johns from Tenn. – Confederate soldier and photo of Thomas Johns from New York.
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