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How to Identify all Possible Alternative Surname Spellings

How to Identify all Possible Alternative Surname Spellings

Most if not all surnames have been passed down over hundreds or thousands of years. The vast majority of holders would not have been able to read or write so we get massive discrepancies in surname spellings. Below are some great ways to make sure you’re searching for all available alternative surname spellings. 1 – Soundex – This was developed before the Internet existed and has been a staple in genealogy since it was created. It was originally created to…

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Recording Unnamed Infants Guide

Recording Unnamed Infants Guide

Once you start digging into individual family units you’ll quickly realise the unfortunate fact that a lot of children were stillborn or within a few days of birth. Recording Unnamed Infants is often crucial when trying to understand the mindset and mental health of ancestors. An example I came across recently was my 2x Great Grandmother. I had three recorded children in my tree and I was in the stage of researching my family tree when I was searching GRO…

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