surnames

  • Direct Ancestors – So Many !

    Jan 17

      Direct lineage on your family tree is just that - you - your parents - your grandparents - great grandparents - great great grandparents, etc. You do not count aunts, uncles, cousins as direct ancestors but rather as extended family line, just as important but just examining direct lines can be sometimes a bit overwhelming. Look at the num...

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  • Names in Wordle Word Cloud

    Jan 13

      This can be a fun project to work on a cold day this winter. Even if you do not have your family complete (and who does?), you do a long list of given names and / or surnames to create your own word cloud. Using the Wordle web site, it can be easily achieved. The more names you can add, especially repeating a surname, such as Johnson - say...

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  • New Season – Genealogy Roadshow

    Jan 11

    Yes, PBS has the New Season of the American Genealogy Roadshow beginning on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST and runs through Tuesday February 24, 2015. This season visits three important cities in the history and development of the United States: New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Louis, Missouri; with ordinary pe...

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  • Christmas Surnames

    Dec 13

    Did it ever occur to you that families could have a surname associated with Christmas traditions? Some you wouldn't be as surprised by like, 'Claus' has in the USA over 1,300 or 'Santa', has 370 individuals. The name 'Christmas' has 1,499 people with that surname, which is quite a few. The most with the Christmas surname, based on the Crestleaf dat...

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  • Avoiding Mistakes

    Dec 3

    Be careful now to produce mistakes in your family history research or in turn to place mistakes (unknowingly) into your family database. A major problem is when you locate a whole family tree lineage online and accept / copy every person with every date because some it matches what you know about your family line. Too many times, just about all ...

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  • The Origins of Jewish Surnames

    Nov 12

    One important thing to know about your ancestors is their surnames. Knowing a last name, and how it is spelled, can help you to find a vital record. It can also be really interesting to learn what the surname of a particular ancestor actually means. Surnames can give you clues about your family's history. Many Jewish surnames have meanings that...

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  • Scary Surnames & Halloween

    Oct 31

    There have been and still remain some unique surnames and given names throughout our history, and each one tells a great story. Maybe some of the most unparalleled ones are those that can be associated with Halloween. Of course the name may not have started out that way, but through traditions, it relates to something scary with Halloween. Here ...

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  • Videoing Family Stories

    Jul 17

    Oral family history is as old as families themselves. Long before writing, one's traditions and history were passed down to later generations by the telling verbally of family stories. True, many of the family stories become tales or legends over the years and not with all the actual truth that it started with. With writing of family stories, pr...

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  • Decal Surname on Wall

    Jun 9

    Such an idea!! Place on a family room wall, in the kitchen, a dining room, the hall way, above the entrance doorway or arch into the dining room - where ever in your house you would want a permanent family seal. In craft shops and online dealers have numerous vinyl decals, in various colors, shapes, fonts and sizes that can be easily arranged on a ...

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  • Surnames in Great Britain 1881 & 1998

    May 17

    In tracing your family roots it can be very valuable to know where the majority of a family branch was concentrated. If you had ancestors from Great Britain in the 1880s and even in the 1990s, there is an online method to search where most with a certain family name lived. Using the PublicProfiler site you can place a surname in the search box. It...

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