Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Surnames


Surname Navigator: http://www.kuijsten.de/navigator/ - SUPER way to do a quick surname survey

Another - ExpertGenealogy Websearch Wizard: http://expertgenealogy.com/websearch/

The pre-eminent Rootsweb Surname List: http://rsl.rootsweb.com -- don't just search it, also list your surnames!

GEDCOM index: http://www.gedcomindex.com/

Linkpendium's Surnames - Web sites, obituaries, biographies, and other material specific to a surname: http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/sur/

TNG Network Search for Names: http://tngnetwork.lythgoes.net/index.php

UK Office of National Statistics database of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Man, September 2002: http://www.taliesin-arlein.net/names/search.php

Surname Profiler: The Geography of British Names: http://www.spatial-literacy.org/index.php?p=familyname

Online English Names Directory: http://www.list.jaunay.com/engnames/

Yournotme.com, also UK, 2001: http://www.yournotme.com. You can leave messages on this site.

Namnsökning. Hur många heter...? - Statistik från SCB (Swedish Surnames & Forenames): http://www.scb.se/templates/Standard____31245.asp
   Sök=search, efternamn=last name, förnamn=first name, båda könen=both sexes, kvinna=woman, man=man

You can use some of the general sites where you can search for surname distribution to pin down villages /communes for further study, if you are researching a relatively rare surname. Some of these sites for France are Notrefamille: http://notrefamille.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/nom.asp (1890), GeoPatronyme: http://www.geopatronyme.com/index.htm (1891-1915, 1916-1940, 1941-1965, & 1966-1990), and GeneaNet: http://www.geneanet.org/ (European GEDCOMS). The French Telephone Directories: http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/trouverunnom/RecherchePagesBlanches.do or http://www.infobel.com/france will do the same thing for surnames existing today. Some parts of the 1836 Census of the Alsace have started to become available. You can search the surname list to see if your people might be on the CDs issued so far: http://www.census1836.com/

World Telephone Listings: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/02/world-telephone-listings.html

All of Europe - Ahnenlotse.de: http://www.ahnenlotse.de/index.html

GeoGen, German surname maps: http://christoph.stoepel.net/Geogen-localized-en.aspx

For US surnames, try Search the USGenWeb Archives: http://searches.rootsweb.com/htdig/search.html
   State by State: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ussearch.htm

Surname Research Directories - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Isles: http://www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/SurnamesLists.html

Search most of the world - LDS FamilySearch: http://www.familysearch.org
   Largest collection of patron submitted and record extracted BMD data available anywhere in the Ancestral File, IGI, & LDS Pedigree File, plus the LDS Vital Record Index (some available only on inexpensive CDs). The 1880 US, 1881 English & Canadian census indexes can be searched there also.

Also, various Rootsweb searches can be found here: http://searches.rootsweb.com. It may also be useful to search the archives of the Surnames list, although it is currently not working, because it was so busy and so structured, and mirrored the Surnames newsgroup: http://listsearches.rootsweb.com?list=SURNAMES. And don't forget the Rootsweb Surname List (RSL): http://rsl.rootsweb.com

New! Now you can search one or all of the Rootsweb lists! Howto: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/searching-list-archives-by-joan-young.html

Finding Living Persons: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/finding-living-persons.html

Searching vital records (birth, marriage, death, divorce, or BMDs), naturalizations and passenger is another good way to get surnames only. http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/death-records-obituaries-biographies.html, http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/03/obituaries.html, http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/vital-records.html, http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/immigration-and-emigration.html, http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/naturalization.html

A fun search -- see how popular your surname (or forename) is in the 1990 US Census: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/namesearch.html

US Surname Distribution over time: http://www.hamrick.com/names/

Changing Immigrant Names (INS): http://uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/history/articles/NAMES.htm

Search for (or add) your Female Ancestor: http://geneasearch.com/cgi-bin/females.cgi

For derivations of surnames, try SURNAME-ORIGINS-L@rootsweb.com: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Miscellaneous/SURNAME-ORIGINS.html
   Derivations of forenames: http://BehindtheName.com
   Surname Meanings: http://www.nameseekers.co.uk/surname.htm
   Surname Meanings & Origins: http://genealogy.miningco.com/hobbies/genealogy/cs/surnameorigins/

Also see Kate Monk's Onomastikon (Dictionary of Names): http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/

18th- and 19th-century American Nicknames: http://www.cslib.org/nickname.htm

Weaselhead, Devil and Drunkard: Surnames Originating As Insults - interesting tour of surnames we would now find insulting, profane, or puzzling: http://www.genealogymagazine.com/suorasin.html

German fornames - Vornamen: http://www.kirchenweb.at/vornamen/ and http://www.firstname.de/


Places to search for your surnames (GEDCOMs) -

WorldConnect at Rootsweb: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/ (one can also upload and/or search from Ancestry.com; however, there are fewer options for customization on the Anc side. Common database.) Worldconnect/AWT Submitter Surname Search: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ss - Thanks, Randy!

Tribalpages: http://www.tribalpages.com/ (one can password the files, or leave them public)

Pedigree Resource File (LDS): http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Share/Preserve/frameset_preserve.asp

Genealogy For You: http://genealogyforyou.com/ ($24 a year, uses TNG - see Bible Family for display)

GeneaNet (lots of European GEDCOMs, uses GeneWeb): http://www.geneanet.org/

Genes Reunited for British Isles GEDCOMs: http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/
Free to search, but you must be a paid member to contact the owner of a GEDCOM

Dave Wilks' free Gedcom server: http://www.my-ged.com/

GenCircles: http://www.gencircles.com

Family Tree Registry.org (family tree descriptions, surnames): http://www.familytreeregistry.org/


Family History Books - BYU has scanned in 4000+ and put them online: http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/


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