Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous

Kirsty Gray
Feb 26, 2014
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Room For Error
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Exact Matches
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Use Variants
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Omit the Surname
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Known Issues
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Forename Issues
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Creative Searching
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Ludicrous Questions
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24 Middle Names
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Name Changes
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Double Enumeration
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The Downright Ridiculous
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About this webinar

With increased indexing and transcription of records, often linked to digitized images on free and commercial websites, searching for an individual or collecting references to everyone holding a particular surname is much easier now, isn't it? Using a variety of sites to try to discover details about those elusive ancestors, creative searching is a must and this webinar will uncover some of the investigative methods needed as well as the more challenging transcriptions the genealogist has to work with, whilst still being enormously grateful that they are available to us online!

About the speaker

About the speaker

Kirsty is a professional genealogist and ‘people finder’ who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe.
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