Ever faced an obstacle in your family research as you look for an ancestors’ name?
When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another.
Nicknames are usually familiar or humorous and used as an appropriate replacement or addition to a given name. They can be a form of endearment, refer to a personal character trait or just be a shortened version.
When you stumble upon these new listings, you might think your family research has hit a brick wall. Searching for records can be difficult if you don’t have all the information, but don’t despair, here are some tips below to help in your family history research.
Do you know about the statistics section on our family sites? It is full of interesting tidbits about your family tree, offering such details as average life expectancy or number of children per family. We analyze all the data in your family tree to produce 45 enlightening statistics.
I learned some very interesting things about my family from this section. For example, I learned that the most common first names in my tree are David and Sara. I would probably not have noticed that the oldest person in my family was my great aunt, who lived to be 107!
Here is a map showing all places of birth of the people in my family tree: