An unusual surname is a valuable tool for a family historian. Discover six strategies to use the oddball names in your tree to your greatest genealogical advantage.
Why certain surnames are more popular than others.
Expect surname variations
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.
Follow along as our online genealogy expert uses smart web searching strategies to research an ancestor with a common name.
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.
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.
Mixed up by multiple monikers? Here's how to untangle the ancestral nicknames, name changes and spelling variations that can trip up your research.
So there are 31,139 John Smiths in the 1900 US census — and your ancestor is one of them. These techniques will help you find the right guy.
Finding names is at the heart of genealogy. Try these seven surname research strategies, and you'll open doors to family tree discoveries.