A dozen things you might not know about Irish names

Irish surnames are among Europe’s oldest; Elizabeth I once banned name O’Neill; a surname is spelled six different ways on one tombstone; Mc and Mac mean same thing

The top 5 most distinctive last names by state

In addition to the above map and article for mental_floss, below is a list of the top 5 most distinctive last names by state. This is a larger subset of the same data. To keep the map readable, onl…

8 Viking myths busted

Bearded, violent beyond reason and singularly successful at suppressing everyone around them. This, says Janina Ramirez, is the popular – yet questionable – image of Vikings. But how viole

500 Years of English Slang in an Online Dictionary

Find a word or phrase in an old document that you do not understand? If it is slang, you probably can find the meaning in the free, online Green’s Dictionary of Slang. For instance, did you know th…

Halloween Genealogy: Spooky Surname Meanings

Halloween genealogy research can uncover some spooky things. The meanings behind these scary surnames are sure to give you a startle!

The Victorian Ghostbusters Census

In the late 1800s, those at the forefront of ethereal research injected a little bureaucracy into proceedings, and so came about the spookiest census to date.

What’s Behind a French Name

If you’re searching for your French ancestry, you may have already encountered French family names. Maybe, your family name is French. But do you know what is means ? Can your French name help you in…

The Destruction of the Irish Record Office

For many people researching their Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Dublin record office in 1922 during the civil war, has left huge gaping holes in what information is actually available. Th…

7 Fun Facts About American Names

Nearly 5000 people have an identical first and last names.

Did Your Ancestors Go Back to England?

Did your ancestors immigrate to America from England? Did they stay? Sometimes, people who disappear from the record in America actually returned to England.

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