• Family Life
    History of Names
    Genealogy: What's in a Name?
    Genealogy: What's in a Name? You may need to be creative to find other spellings of the surnames you are tracing. Think of the many ways a name could be pronounced and then think of the spellings. Say the surnames out loud and spell them phonet...
  • Family Life
    History of Names
    The Effect of Immigration on Surnames
    The Effect of Immigration on Surnames Immigrants changed their names by accident or by design. Other languages had letter combinations not found in English, or letters pronounced as other letters in the English language. F sounded like V, so Fre...
  • Family Life
    History of Names
    Genealogy: Recording Names and Places
    Genealogy: Recording Names and Places If someone is known by more than one name, put the alternate name or names in parentheses after the surname, preceded by “a.k.a.” (also known as). As an example, John Smith (a.k.a. John Taylor). This sit...