[APG Public List] Surname origins, was Re: California signature

Tina Sansone gtownma at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 30 20:47:40 MDT 2011


Thank you, sorry I forgot to change the subject when looking for a previous APG email. Tanks Harold for changing it for me. I'll wait to see who else replies and send this to my friend. Thank you so much.

Tina Sansone  Genealogy at Bellaonline.com

--- On Thu, 6/30/11, Harold Henderson <librarytraveler at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Harold Henderson <librarytraveler at gmail.com>
Subject: Surname origins, was Re: [APG Public List] California signature
To: "Tina Sansone" <gtownma at yahoo.com>
Cc: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 9:28 PM

Tina --



The quick, cheap, and easy -- but hardly authoritative -- way is to run 
the surname through the old Family Search or Rootsweb WorldConnect or 
some other such listing and see where the holders of the surname tend to
 come from.



A somewhat better approach would be to visit the reference section of a 
good library and find a reputable surname book. I use Hanks and Hodges' 
_A Dictionary of Surnames_, but it rather let me down on my non-Anglo 
lines.



In any case some knowledge of geography and history will be needed, as 
the "nationalities" we may think of often did not or do not have nations
 to go with them, such as the Polish in the 19th century or Basques 
today.



I look forward to hearing others' approaches.



Harold

On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:16 PM, Tina Sansone <gtownma at yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi. Someone has asked me if there is a place to find what Nationality a Surname is. Does anyone know of  reliable directions I can send her. Thank you in advance.



Tina Sansone

gtownma at yahoo.com




-- 
Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from NW Indiana
Professional genealogy in and around Chicago -- Rockford to Fort Wayne, Muskegon to Indianapolis
midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com

midwestroots.net

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