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Interesting Comments and Observations about the Hitler Surname

In the Yesteryear column of the guardian.co.uk is found an interesting column made up of comments about the surname Hitler. Following are just a couple as a teaser. Keep in mind that these are just comments, some lacking in veracity. Was Hitler a common family name before 1945? What did Hitlers change their names to […]

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Directory of Family Associations, 4th Edition; On Sale at 50% off for a FEW Days ONLY!

A couple of months ago, Family Roots Publishing made a special purchase of several hundred copies of the 4th Edition of the Directory of Family Associations. The book was written by Elizabeth Petty Bentley and Deborah Ann Carl in 2001, and is the latest family association directory available. No further editions are planned at this […]

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Surname Demographics in the United States

Have you ever wondered how popular your surname is? Here is a website that uses the 2000 U.S. Census to rank your families names. Discover the ethnic origin and meaning of last names. Find out how surnames are ranked in popularity, how many people in the United States of America bear a particular name according […]

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Directory of Family Associations, 4th Edition – on Sale at 50% off Through Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Family Roots Publishing just made a special purchase of several hundred copies of the 4th Edition of the Directory of Family Associations. The book was written by Elizabeth Petty Bentley and Deborah Ann Carl in 2001, and is the latest family association directory available. No further editions are planned at this time. Most genealogical research […]

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Family Biographies Added for 10 More Counties to My Genealogy Hound

I have written about My Genealogy Hound in the past. They now have over 16,000 biographies posted. The following is info. I just received from them. Good stuff… Family biography additions to the My Genealogy Hound website have been completed for ten more counties during the last month. The newest biographical additions are for Sebastian […]

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Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy

Let me start with a simplified, and probably more than you will ever need, introduction to Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy. In short, surnames of 17th and 18th century colonists have changed over 400 years. This dictionary provides a brief, yet thorough, explanation of these linguistic changes along with a substantial list […]

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Names Get Changed – sometimes for good reason…

Names get changed for a wide variety of reasons, the least of which is the oft-quoted “name was changed at Ellis Island.” I think you’ll find Matthew Hansen’s column on the subject interesting. The following teaser is from a great column written by Mr. Hansen and posted in August 6, 2013 edition of Omaha.com: I […]

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Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776

Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776, by Emily S. Wilson, is a list of adult male inhabitants living in New Hampshire in 1776. This records was originally published in Peter Force’s American Archives, in 1848. In response to a Continental Congress resolution that all those not willing to sign the Association to defend the cause of […]

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Scary Names From the Old Records

The following snippet is from a short article posted in the October 25, 2012 edition of Coventry Telegraph. Mary Scary, Fran Pire and Frank N Stein are among the peculiar names unearthed by a family history website. Ancestry.co.uk said a study of names on its site going back hundreds of years, ranging from school registers […]

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Famble – a Jewish Surname Game App for the iPhone/iPod/iPad

Andras Koltai of Budapest, Hungary recently developed Famble, an iPhone / iPod / iPad game app that plays with Jewish surnames, It is a classic word search type game, but the words you have to look for are Jewish surnames. The game can be accessed at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/famble/id543534434?l=hu&ls=1&mt=8 Check it out. It’s only 99 cents.

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20 Irish Family Names Explained

Check out the infographic below to discover the history and strongholds of 20 of the most popular Irish family names. Click on the image and go to the GoIreland.com website, where the resolution of the image is better.

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So – What does the L.L. of L. L. Bean Fame Stand For?

The following teaser is from an article posted in the July 4, 2012 edition of theeagle.com: FREEPORT, Maine — He’s arguably Maine’s best-known native son, right up there with Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and horror writer Stephen King. To his customers, he was simply known as “L.L.” But as outdoors […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………… Week’s Peek

You think today’s baby names are funny? And that our ancestors didn’t use “funny” names? Think again! Doing research in Pulaski County, Indiana, and in some Virginia counties, I was browsing through some of those county records when these names jumped out at me: Jaariorigim SMITH m. 2 Jul 1810 to Mary DICKENSON in Virginia […]

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Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776

Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776, by Emily S. Wilson, is a list of adult male inhabitants living in New Hampshire in 1776. This records was originally published in Peter Force’s American Archives, in 1848. In response to a Continental Congress resolution that all those not willing to sign the Association to defend the cause of […]

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ALERT: Sciamanda family information in jeopardy in Spokane WA.

A friend of a friend here in Spokane told me that her friend owns a shop where they buy old things. Recently she bought a trunk full of all sorts of information on a SCIAMANDA family. A scruffy fellow recently brought in a (stolen??) trunk full of letters and documents………documents in French?Italian? The two names […]

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