Surnames Genealogy Cheat Sheet


Learn what your surname means and how to search for ancestors by name with this guide. Inside, you’ll find strategies for researching maiden names and common last names, plus summaries of how to use DNA for surname research.

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You’ll love this if:

  • You want to know where your family’s last name comes from
  • You’ve ever had trouble finding your ancestor’s maiden name
  • You want solutions for finding common names in records and genealogy websites

The Cheat Sheet contains:

  • a roundup of common origins for surnames and surname meanings
  • tips for researching common names
  • tips for researching maiden names, including a list of genealogy records likely to include them
  • expert guidance on surname-related myths, such as family crests and the “Ellis Island myth” of immigrant name-change
  • a tutorial for searching by surname on genealogy websites, including notes on “match exactly” search features and the Soundex system
  • notes on what DNA tests can (and can’t) tell you about ancestral surnames, plus information on using Y-DNA for surname research
  • a summary of shared surname tools offered by major DNA testing companies
  • a quick guide to surname origin maps
  • a typable Surname Variant Chart for recording spelling variations of your ancestor’s name
  • links to resources for more surname research, include books and websites for researching names from specific ethnicities

The Surnames Genealogy Cheat Sheet comes in a portable PDF you can load up on your iPad, tablet or laptop for on-site research, as well as print out to keep on your desk or in your research binder for easy reference.

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