Finding names is at the heart of genealogy. Use these resources to learn more about surnames.
Surnames developed different ways in various regions and countries, but all tend to fall into one of four categories. Use these tips to decipher your family's monikers.
Why certain surnames are more popular than others.
Expect surname variations
Answers for the beginner, the befuddled and anyone hitting a brick wall.
Stumped by two John Smiths? Can't tell if Great-aunt Delia's also Great-aunt Bridget? Don't get caught playing the name game without our guide to untangling multiple monikers.
Mixed up by multiple monikers? Here's how to untangle the ancestral nicknames, name changes and spelling variations that can trip up your research.
Are you lost at sea in your search for ancestral maiden names? We'll show you 10 places to lay anchor and find your female forebears.
Follow along as our online genealogy expert uses smart web searching strategies to research an ancestor with a common name.