December 19, 2014

Surname Roundup Submission From iPentimento

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It’s Surname Roundup Time!*

Genealogy veterans probably have a ready-to-go document with their research surnames on it so they can post them to message boards and mailing lists.  If you’re new to genealogy though, it might be time to create that list and post it on your blog. Doing so makes it visible to search engines and helps potential cousins find you.

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YATES Surnames

ANDERSON

BALL (TN)

BREEDLOVE (VA, KY, TN, MO)

CARLISLE (TN)

CRAWFORD (VA, SCOTLAND)

DAWSON (KY, MO)

HARRISON (NC, TN)

HOLMES (NC, VA, TN, MO, OR)

KELSEY/KELSAY (TN)

MOLINE (SWEDEN, MN, WA)

NORDGREN (SWEDEN, MN, IA, WA)

OSGATHARP/OSGATHORPE (ENGLAND, NC, KY, TN, AR)

PENTECOST (TN, MO)

POINDEXTER/POINGDESTRE/POINDESTRE (Channel Islands, VA, KY)

REDDIN/REDDEN (Wales, TN)

REGISTER (DE, MD, TN)

SMITH (2) (VA, KY, TN, MO)

SPEER, SPEERS, SPEARS (VA, KY)

STEELMAN (Sweden, PA, NJ, NC, DE, TN)

WRIGHT (England, NY, NC)

YATES (Possibly England, TN, MO, WA)

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WILKERSON Surnames

BEAN (VT, NY, MI, IA)

BOYERT (Germany, IA)

COOK (Canada, NY, IA)

DESPAIN (VA, NC, KY, IA)

HAGA (OH, IA)

HARMES (Germany, IA)

HORST (Germany, IA)

JORDAN (VA, OH, IA)

LANGREHR (Germany, IA)

MCCOY (IA)

MILLER (PA, IL, IA)

OTTO (Germany, IA)

PERKINS (IA)

RIPLEY (NY, OH, IL, IA)

SIX (England)

SKAGGS (KY, IA)

WHIT(T)MORE (KY, IA)

WILKERSON/WILKINSON (DE, IN, IA, WA)

*© Photo in Wilkerson Family collection and is private property.

Genealogy Posting For Posterity And Bait

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With thousands of genealogy blogs out there, I certainly don’t expect all of them to visit my blog every day. Some may never visit here, and I may never visit theirs.  And you know what? That’s OK.

I don’t write posts for traffic (although I do appreciate my readers immensely) or even tons of comments.  The reason I write is to create a collection of my posts for posterity.  I use Tabbloid to save them in PDF format where they go into a special file folder named :::surprise::: iPentimento as Tabbloid.  I may put them on my external drive someday, but currently they reside on my desktop.  Tabbloid converts all the text and photos included in the articles and makes it look like a magazine.

When I write an article about a surname I always include it in the post title, and have post tags for the search engine bots to find.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from a cousin or made a new friend just because they “found” my post while doing a search.

Lastly, I’m not in any specific category of genealogy or history blog writer.  I’ve learned to use a WordPress self-hosted blog platform by trial and error.  If you had to put me in some niche, I suppose it could be a gen-geek.  I love plugins that make my life easier;  technology is fascinating to me and I use as much of it as I can afford.  I try not to fall back on making excuses for sporadic articles because I have fibromyalgia, but it is a big factor in how I feel each day.  It doesn’t define me though. I write about genealogy to take my mind off any pain I might be feeling that day.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Smiley from millan.net

Next Post: Surnames for Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson

 

iPentimento Genealogy Search Quick Tip

Surnames Search

This shows a search in Ancestry, but try it too at any genealogical database like Family Search, Rootsweb or even FindAGrave.  Family Search might be a little difficult since they have a set way to do searches with surnames, but Rootsweb will look in any nook and cranny (including archives) for that combination of names.  At FindAGrave, many times the woman is listed with her maiden name along with her married name.

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Genealogy Inquiries That Get Results

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Get The Most From Your Posts

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from doing genealogical research it’s to be specific and precise.  Early on in my online genealogical pursuits I was a member of mailing lists and message boards.  At first, I just “lurked” on the list and boards to see what other people were saying and looking for, and I quickly found out that the best way to get quality replies was to use a certain format for my subject line.

As you can imagine, some people with little patience would get a bit angry with individuals who would post something like ” Need help with my genealogy“, or even the overused, “Genealogy inquiry“. That’s not the way to ask for and get help, believe me.

 

Name, Date, Location, Migration

  • A better example would be (without quotes) ” John Q Public b. 1850 Cumberland, KY”. That would be the bare minimum if indeed you have that information.

The whole idea is to save yourself and your mailing list time and confusion.

  • Now, there are other abbreviations that you should get familiar with such as the b. being for born, d. for died, m. for married, d/o for either “ditto” or “daughter of”. etc.
  • If you would like to show the migration pattern for a family surname then you might use carats like this: Smith: VA> KY> TN> MO. If you have the dates you can also include ballpark or specific years.

KISS it!

I can’t emphasize enough the KISS (keep it short and simple) method for the body of your inquiry.  No one wants to (or has time to), read your whole family tree, so keep to the subject at hand.  Give enough information to show your ancestry or descendancy, but not ten generations worth unless someone has specifically asked for it.

As my Mom would say, “Don’t keep us in suspenders“, give us the details!

Yates and Edgemon family members per the inscription on reverse. Taken in Roane County, TN, probably near Erie or Ten Mile. Photo belongs to Carol Yates Wilkerson – do not download without permission.

 

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