Foreign Given Name Cross-Reference- Download a datafile that allows you to cross-reference English given first names to their French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovakian, Russian or Yiddish equivalents.
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How to Find A Maiden Name- Discovering the maiden name of a female ancestor is often difficult, but can lead to a whole new branch of your family tree! Try some of these ideas to help you with your search.
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How to Use U. S. Soundex Codes- Soundex is a phonetic coding system used to group together surnames that sound alike (SMITH/SMYTH). This helps you to find a surname in census documents and surname databases, even though it may have been recorded under various spellings.
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Name Variations in United States Indexes and Records- Your ancestor's name may be spelled in various ways in records and indexes even though your family always spelled the name one way. This guide describes why the variations may have happened and gives suggestions about how to recognize the variations of your ancestor's name.
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Right Name, Wrong Body- Examples of why you shouldn't shout "Eureka" when you find a matching name.
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RootsWeb's Soundex Converter- The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname.
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Surnames- Free online reproduction of the 1917 edition of this book by Ernest Weekley tracing the etymology of surnames.
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Surnames as a science- Free online edition of this book by Robert Ferguson published in 1883.
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The Baby Name Network- A database of baby names along with their meanings, origins, famous namesakes, and relative popularity. Baby names of all kinds: popular, unusual, ethnic, religious, unique, and many more.
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The relevance of surnames in genealogy- Unfortunately only a very small number of pedigrees of British families can be traced to the person who first used the surnames they now bear. - Society of Genealogists Information Leaflet No. 7. Read more...
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