Genealogy: Male nicknames and their associated birth name

NicknamesBy Barry J. Ewell
I have prepared four lists that focus on associating nicknames with proper names to assist in genealogy research.  The lists include hundreds of names from the last 200 years.  The lists are not inclusive, but will give you a good start to decipher names that were given to your ancestors by their family, friends and associates.  The lists are

  1. Female nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the female nickname first followed by the common female name associated with the nickname.
  2. Male nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the male nickname first and followed by the common names associated with the nickname.
  3. Female birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common birth female name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.
  4. Male birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common male birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.

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Genealogy: Female nicknames and their associated birth name

NicknamesBy Barry J. Ewell
I have prepared four lists that focus on associating nicknames with proper names to assist in genealogy research.  The lists include hundreds of names from the last 200 years.  The lists are not inclusive, but will give you a good start to decipher names that were given to your ancestors by their family, friends and associates.  The lists are

  1. Female nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the female nickname first followed by the common female name associated with the nickname.
  2. Male nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the male nickname first and followed by the common names associated with the nickname.
  3. Female birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common birth female name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.
  4. Male birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common male birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.

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Genealogy census tip: Search every census taken during a person’s life

census takerBy Barry J. Ewell
Find you ancestor in every census taken during the time they lived. If I was researching my grandfather who lived from 1852 to 1922, I would begin my search in the following Federal Population census: 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890’s state census (note: 99% of the 1890 Federal census was destroyed by fire and flood, 1900, 1910, and 1920.  Start with the most recent census and work backwards.   See the article, ” Use the census records to track your ancestors’ movement over time.” Also see the the John I. Stewart example 1850-1930. Start with the 1850 census or 1930 census.

Genealogy census tip: Return to the census when you have more experience

returnBy Barry J. Ewell
When I first started research the census, I eagerly went from census to census coping down the names of my ancestors.  I kept a log of the pages where I found them. A few years later I had the opportunity to return to the same census for another search.   I returned to the pages I had noted and I was able to see connections and clues that I didn’t see the first time I was there.  I had more experience and more information.  From that experience, I went back to all the censuses I had previously research to reexamine the data and answers and insights many questions I was researching.

Genealogy census tip: Study the ages of all family members in each census

Nov-14-By Barry J. Ewell
Look at age gaps between children.  Is the age cap normal? For example, every two years.  Are the age gaps larger than expected? This could be a clue that there was another child or spouse that had passed away.  Look at age of husband and wife.  Are they about the same age? Is one spouse much older than the other?  If yes, this could be a clue that there is second marriage. Look at the ages of children and the place of birth.  This might provide clues of where the parents were married or from where the family migrated.

Genealogy census tip: Search every census schedule

CensusBy Barry J. Ewell
Understand every census has different information and that there are a variety of census schedules.  These schedules include the well-known population schedule but there are also mortality schedules, agricultural schedules, state censuses and more. Search every census schedule for the each individual. For example, If I was researching my grandfather who lived from 1852 to Continue reading

Genealogy: 1890 U.S. Federal census tutorial

1890 2 flagUnited States flag from 1890-1891.

By Barry J. Ewell
This is the 1890 U.S. Federal census tutorial and includes the following categories and additional resources to aid your research:

This tutorial includes the following categories:

  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • Learn to research the 1790-1940 U.S federal census records
  • Introduction to 1890 U.S. federal census
  • Using the 1890 U.S. census
  • Information provided for each person in the 1890 census
  • Search the 1890 census schedules
  • Search military records
  • Important lessons learned when searching the U.S. census records
  • Other articles and resources of interest
  • Questions asked on the 1890 census

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