surnames

  • Bios – Search Engine

    May 1

    'My Genealogy Hound' website is a search engine for biographies that individuals or families have published on their ancestors. As you do your research, you might not be aware that any previously written biographies ever existed on certain family branches. Use the general search box below placing a key word or name. Better yet go to the link of se...

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  • Common Surnames. European origins.

    Apr 5

    You could guess the most common surnames in the United States, more than likely you have one or more ancestors with that surname, making it difficult to track the right relative. Some of those family names in the U. S. include Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, and Jones. However, if your ancestors originally came from a western or eastern Europe...

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  • Just Google It!

    Jan 26

    Google is a great tool for genealogists to use. Not everyone realizes this because Google isn't specifically a genealogy website. Even so, giving Google a try could lead to interesting and useful results. Here are just a few of the ways that using Google can help with your genealogy research. Google News Archive Search Looking for an obituar...

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  • Surnames and More

    Nov 6

    What is the first thing most people do when they locate a directory, phone book, or any alphabetical listing of names, is check if their family name is listed. They will look for their own name or a maiden name for the ladies, however those into the family history research, could have quite a list of surnames to check. Using the online site "Am...

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  • Surnames for African-Americans – Former Slaves

    Sep 24

    Prior to the emancipation of the American slaves in 1863, those African-Americans held in bondage had usually just one or two given names. One given name the child's family selected and kept secret and one the child was known by given by the slave owner. If a surname was needed, the slave owner's family name might be used. Once the slaves were free...

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  • Ideas to Help Search Names

    Jun 6

    So you have hit the 'brick wall' in your family research. Here are a few suggestions to possibility spark some new and untried methods. First examine the family surname. If it is a rather common name, focus on family individuals who you found to have more unusual given names. Even if such a person is a 3rd great granduncle and not direct lineage, i...

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  • Ideas for Searching the Census

    Jan 13

    With the 1940 US Federal Census it has been fun trying to locate our family members and even family friends on that census from over 72 years ago. However, have you also been a bit frustrated when you can not locate a person? It has happened to all of us and not just on the 1940 census, but any from 1790 to 1930, there is bound to be one or more in...

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  • Finding Maiden Names

    Oct 26

    Unfortunately history and record keeping have not always been kind to the female population. There were times they were even considered 'second-class' citizens. That was not necessarily true in all ethnic or cultural groups, but in some. So it can pose a 'tall brick wall' to knock down locating the family name (surname) for a female ancestors. Y...

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  • Missed Someone in the US 1940 Census?

    Sep 17

    If you have a large database of ancestors, you can easily overlook a relative who might appear in the 1940 census. Since there is so much information on this newest census, you will want to check for every person. I found a second cousin I did not have on a list. It turns out he was a young man of 18 years old living with an aunt and uncle lear...

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  • Google Alerts and Reader

    Jan 30

    With so much digital information available these days we have to stay organized or we could miss out on some new and worthwhile information. The Google search engine offers Google Alerts, an efficient method of being reminded when a topic, a surname, an article, a keyword of interest becomes available on the Internet. Instead of you taking time onc...

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