June 6, 2022
2022 Events - June update
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July 1, 2022
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference
Join us right here to enjoy completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of ... Themes: Military (July), New England (August), 2nd annual Webtember ...
July 16, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
It’s Not All Online: Researching in Archives
“Statistics say that there is less than 10% of all the world’s genealogical records are online”. This statement has been said by many ...
July 30, 2022
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Austro-Hungarian Genealogy with Stephen Wendt
The Austro-Hungarian Empire presents significant research challenges for genealogists. Join Stephen Wendt for two informative sessions designed to ease these hurdles. Stephen will present ...
August 13, 2022
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Ohio Probate Records and Deeds with Dana Palmer
Learn how probate records and deeds can solve mysteries and provide details for your Ohio genealogy research. Dana will present two virtual lectures: Ohio ...
Probate records vary in content but can include wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. Records are usually found at the county courthouse, but they may have been transferred to an Archive.
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.
Death Certificates were not widely required before 1910. Some places may have kept ledger books for earlier deaths.