Surnames

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Follow along as our online genealogy expert uses smart web searching strategies to research an ancestor with a common name.
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Expect surname variations
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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.
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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.
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Why certain surnames are more popular than others.
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Answers for the beginner, the befuddled and anyone hitting a brick wall.
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Don't fall for fake surname genealogy books.
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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.
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Finding names is at the heart of genealogy. Try these seven surname research strategies, and you'll open doors to family tree discoveries.
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