June 6, 2022
2022 Events - June update
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September 1, 2022
10:15 am to 4:00 pm
Free Legacy Family Tree webinars every Friday in September Four live webinars each Friday plus two to three pre-recorded webinars. Webinars will remain free until ...
October 1, 2022
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference
Join us right here to enjoy completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of ... Themes: Writing and Publishing (October), Census (December) Viewing all ...
October 7, 2022
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Late Night at the Library
The Akron-Summit County Public Library and The Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society present Late Night at The Library, an after-hours genealogy event! ...
November 5, 2022
Hidden Treasures in Ohio's Court of Common Pleas
SCCOGS Annual Banquet. Common Pleas court is often a mystery to genealogists, partly because the office holder is called by another name - Clerk ...
Each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It is easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead to reach your goal. Focus on one or two families so you do not become overwhelmed.
Broadly, most surnames fall into four categories.
Surnames derived from given names include Johnson, Williams, and Thompson. Most often they are patronymic, referring to a male ancestor, but occasionally they are matronymic.
Occupational surnames refer to the occupation of the bearer. Examples include Smith, Clark, and Wright.
Locational or topographic surnames are derived from the place that the bearer lived. Examples include Hill, Woods, and Ford. See place names.
Surnames derived from nicknames include White, Young, and Long.
An ancestor may have filed a Declaration of Intent and never completed the Naturalization process.