Why a Surname Study?

Since 1996, research has taken me towns, cemeteries, libraries, and genealogical websites. While most of my research involves my family names, I have built family lines for clients, and research specific areas as well. There seems to be a common thread amongst the population with the same surname, with the same spelling or variants of spelling, they say, “My family comes from [state name]. We couldn’t be related since you are from [state name].” Sometimes the spelling of the surname becomes troublesome for them, and they say, “My family name is spelled [family name spelling] and your family name is [family name spelling]. We couldn’t possibly be related.” Early on, I became interested in variations of spelling, and other locations where my ancestors lived. For example, I found a cousin who lives in Canada and one in California. Sometimes the ancestors come to America with one name, but as time passes and they migrate to different locales, the name develops variants. Another example of studying surnames is I have a Silas Sweeney in my family history; however, I found information about him in the Poyner’s Bible.

This website, www.surnamestudies.com, will include my four core family names, plus many others in the secondary lines, etc., and from clients who give me permission to use their information. As a side interest is old photographs some of which will have the person’s name on the reverse side. Those also will be included on the website with related research. This is a work in progress and alerts with new information being added to my blog.

A list of surnames is found at: http://surnamestudies.com/about/surname-lists