Understand Surnames

Surnames are usually derived from one of four basic roots: a place, occupation, a nickname or a patronymic relationship. The less common the name, the easier searches (usually] are.

CLASSES & SOCIETIES

It's always worth joining a family history society - or more than one. You'll get a good grounding in the essentials of family history research and you may well meet people with a similar interest and drive. Check the full list of family history societies with the FFHS at www.ffhs.org.uk or visit the LDS church.

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