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29 November 2014

Scribble It Down and Save the Scribbles

Write down the name you are looking for in several different ways, both in a neat and messy fashion. Think about how it could be read or interpreted. Consider asking someone else to write the name down for your and read their handwriting.  

Keep copies of how a name appears in various records. Ask your genealogy friends how they would read it. 

You may be surprised at the variants you get.

1 comment:

  1. Also say the name out loud and think of how a record keeper might spell it . This is especially helpful for foreign nsmes. Think of the accent your ancestor had . A simple name said with Irish brogue for example makes foe different spelling (My Leary often appear as Lary)