Posts about surnames for genealogy research, including finding surname societies, variant spellings of surnames, and other resources.

27 Sep 2017

Transcribing Scottish Baptism Records

By |27 Sep 2017|Church Records, Ross, Scottish Genealogy|0 Comments

Transcribing Scottish baptism records can be a challenge, even for researchers fluent in English. Since I returned from my heritage travel to the Highlands in August, I've been puzzling over the Scottish baptism record (above) for my great-great-great-grandfather. George Ross, son of Hugh Ross & Margaret McFinley, was “babtized” [...]

31 May 2017

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker

By |31 May 2017|Church Records, Curtis, Surnames, Unusual Records|1 Comment

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker took me down new research paths, including finding accounts of his daring rescue of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee. Some sources said my husband's great-great-great-great grandfather Medad was a Shaker and others say he was the only non-Shaker buried in one of their cemeteries [...]

28 Apr 2016

Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party

By |28 Apr 2016|Kirschstein, Prussian Genealogy|10 Comments

Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party is my entry in the latest blog party. Courtesy of Elizabeth O'Neal at LittleBytesofLife, here's this party's theme: You and The Doctor (of Doctor Who fame [who of course is David Tennant – hubba hubba]) have just finished saving the Earth from nasty, alien monsters. [...]