16 June 2008

Surname Variants

Sometimes our correct spelling of a surname yields no results. Chances are the index-er or the clerk or the census taker or an isolated family member or someone else has a new spell of the surname.

I had been using MyHeritage.com at http://www.myheritage.com/research?err=1 , by plugging in the surname in line "1" (ancestor's name), and apply the Megadex spelling. Then without making any other change click the submit. I would get some good and bad variants of the surname.

Now there is a free Windows program that does the same and simpler than my way. It was listed in Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter under the title, Surname Suggestion List at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/06/surname-suggest.html .

Good Luck.

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