|Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014|
|Rank||Website||Category||Country||Free Pay||2013 Rank||Address|
|2||Find A Grave||cemetery||USA||free||3||http://www.findagrave.com/|
|14||Family Tree DNA||DNA testing||USA||pay||17||http://www.familytreedna.com/|
|31||JTA Jewish News Archive||newspapers||USA||free||32||http://archive.jta.org/|
|35||Steve Morse||search engine||USA||free||56||http://stevemorse.org/|
|39||World Vital Records||records||USA||pay||29||http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/|
|41||Family Tree Magazine||magazine||USA||pay||43||http://www.familytreemagazine.com/|
|45||Tribal Pages||family tree||USA||pay||44||http://tribalpages.com/|
|47||British History Online||records||UK||free||59||http://www.british-history.ac.uk/|
|49||Legacy Family Tree||software||USA||pay||51||http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/|
|52||Daughters American Revolution||society||USA||pay||57||http://dar.org/|
|54||Genealogie Online||family tree||Netherlands||pay||85||http://www.genealogieonline.nl/|
|57||British Newspaper Archive||newspapers||UK||pay||66||http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/|
|63||Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections||blog||Canada||free||95||http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/|
|69||Family Tree Webinars||magazine||USA||pay||n/a||http://www.familytreewebinars.com|
|72||Forces War Records||records||UK||pay||72||http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/|
|76||Family Tree Maker||software||USA||pay||62||http://familytreemaker.com/|
|77||Commonwealth War Graves||records||UK||free||93||http://www.cwgc.org/|
|78||Dansk Demografisk Database||records||Denmark||free||144||http://ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm|
|79||Irish Genealogical Research Society||society||Ireland||pay||n/a||http://www.irishancestors.ie/|
|82||Heritage Quest Online||records||USA||pay||74||http://www.heritagequestonline.com/|
|94||Access Genealogy||search engine||USA||free||71||http://www.accessgenealogy.com/|
|95||Ontario Genealogical Society||society||Canada||free||77||http://www.ogs.on.ca/|
A surname or family name is a name added to a given name. In many cases, a surname is a family name and many dictionaries define “surname” as a synonym of “family name”. In the western hemisphere, it is commonly synonymous with “last name”, since it is usually placed at the end of a person’s given name.
In most Hispanophone and Lusophone countries, two or more last names (or surnames) may be used. In China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Nepal, Vietnam, parts of India and in many other East Asian countries, the family name is placed before a person’s given name.
The style of having both a family name (surname) and a given name (forename) is far from universal. In many countries, it is common for ordinary people to have only one name or mononym.
The concept of a “surname” is a relatively recent historical development, evolving from a medieval naming practice called a “byname”. Based on an individual’s occupation or area of residence, a byname would be used in situations where more than one person had the same name.
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?? THIRD COUSIN ONCE REMOVED ??
Just who is your third cousin once removed? your great-grandaunt? your sibling? your cousin-german? What exactly is a half-sister, a step-brother? If a child has the same name as his father, can you correctly call him “the second” if you don’t like “junior“? Is there a difference between a genealogy and a family history? Now that the search for “roots” is a national pastime, these questions are plaguing more and more people. Of course, many of the terms used to express family relationships are well-known and used dully: father, grandmother, uncle, sister and so on. But let us take a look at some of the lesser used terms.
STEP-: If your parents are parted (death, divorce, annulment) and one of your parents renames, his/her new spouse then becomes your stepmother/father. If your stepparent had also been previously married and had had children by that first marriage, those children now become your stepbrothers/ sisters. Because they have completely different parents than you, your stepbrothers/sisters are not related to you “‘by blood”’ but are related by “extended family ties”.
IN-LAWS: If your brother or sister gets married, his/her new spouse becomes your sister-in-law or brother-in-law, but the family of your new sister(brother)-in-law does not become related to you, only in-laws to your newly married sibling. When you marry, however, you do acquire a whole family of in-laws of your own. Your new mate’s family now become your father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister- or brother-in-law. In-laws, like step-relatives, are not related “by blood” but by “extended family ties”. Note that the term sister- or brother-in-law is used both for your spouse’s sibling and for your sibling’s spouse.
GRANDNIECE/NEPHEW: The children of your siblings are your nieces and nephews. The children of your nieces/nephews (your siblings’ grandchildren) are your grandnieces/nephews, and their children are your great-grandnieces/nephews. Grand-nieces/nephews are also sometimes called great-nieces/nephews, and great-grandnieces/nephews are also called great-great-nieces/nephews.
GRANDAUNT/UNCLE: The siblings of your parents are your aunts/uncles. The siblings of your grandparents were originally termed grandaunts/uncles and the siblings of your great-grand parents were great-grandaunts/uncles. But over the years those terms have gradually been replaced by the less descriptive great-aunt/uncle for grandaunt/uncle and great-great-aunt/uncle for great-grandaunt/uncle. Because it is more logical, many modern genealogists still prefer to use the older terms. Either is correct.
COUSINS: The children of siblings are first cousins. Thus your children are first cousins to both your nieces nephews and your spouse’s nieces/nephews. But your nieces nephews and those of your spouse are not related to each other because their parents are not related. First cousins are also called full cousins or cousins-german. Children of first cousins are second cousins, and their children are third cousins and so on down through the generations. But what is the relationship of your child to your great-grandniece? Or of your great-grandchild to your grandnephew? Here is where we use the “removes”. To understand “removed”, it is important to keep the generations in order.
|A simple diagram is an excellent method of doing this.
Let us imagine that TELLY has a son TELLY JR., a grand-daughter TEYANNA, a great-granddaughter LATRESSA and a sister TOMIRIKA.
TOMIRIKA has a child DEBORAH, a grandchild Robert and a great-grand-daughter JOYCE.
TELLY — siblings — TOMIRIKA
TELLY JR. — 1st Cousins — DEBORAH
TEYANNA — 2nd Cousins – ROBERT
LATRESSA — 3rd Cousins – JOYCE
We can now sketch a diagram to show that relationship. To determine TELLY JR.’s relationship to JOYCE, look at the diagram. TELLY JR. and DEBORAH are first cousins. Any descendant of DEBORAH is still a first cousin to TELLY JR. but each generation is one “remove”. Thus for TELLY JR., Robert is a first cousin one generation removed, a term usually shortened to “once removed”, and JOYCE is then TELLY JR.’s first cousin twice removed. The same holds for second, third, etc. cousins.
Robert is a second cousin to TEYANNA so he is a second cousin once removed to LATRESSA. Once while working on our family genealogy, I visited an eighth cousin once removed! Now that is a distant cousin (her great-grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers in the 17th century!). Strangely enough, although our relationship was so very distant, we found we were kindred spirits sharing many hobbies and pleasures. Our similar interests even extended to our enjoyment of jigsaw puzzles. When I mentioned I was a “real puzzle nut”, her husband laughed and led me to a closet filled floor to ceiling with puzzles just like my closet at home 3000 miles away We even had many of the same puzzles.
NAMESAKES: If your name is TELLY Henry Doe and you name your son TELLY Henry Doe, you then become Senior (Sr.) and your son Junior (Jr.), not the second (II). If your son TELLY Henry Doe, Jr. names his son (your grandson) the same, his son then becomes ‘the third”’, i.e. TELLY Henry Doe III.
However, if you name your son Richard Henry or TELLY Harold, anything but TELLY Henry Doe, but he still names his son (your grandson) after you, your grandson then becomes TELLY Henry Doe II. Likewise if your brother Edward Charles Doe names his son after you, that child (your nephew) would also be TELLY Henry Doe II. A ‘junior” always has the same name as his father whereas “the second” is not named for his father but does have the same name as an older relative (grandfather, uncle, cousin, etc.). The ‘third” is the third descendant in a family with the same name in either direct or indirect line. In everyday practice, the Sr., Jr., III are often only used when all parties are living but genealogically it is important to maintain the correct title to prevent confusion. One of the most peculiar cases I ever came across was in my own family genealogy. A fore-bearer named Kenny had several children including a son named Kenny. When his first wife died, he remarried and had another son. His second wife also insisted on naming her son Kenny after his father. The boys were only about seven years apart in age. It must have been most confusing —a father with two sons, Kenny #1 and Kenny #2
GENEALOGY versus FAMILY HISTORY: Although currently the two terms are frequently used interchangeably, there is a difference between a genealogy and a family history. A genealogy starts with one ancestor, most often the original immigrant to the United States, and traces all his descendants to the present time. If that ancestor arrived on these shores in colonial times, you can imagine the hundreds and hundreds of descendants he now probably has and what a mammoth task it must be to find even half of them! A family history starts with yourself (or your children) and moves back through your two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents, thirty-two great-grandparents, etc. spreading out fanlike to discover all the people from whom you are descended, not just names and dates but preferably information about their lives and backgrounds. Most genealogy courses offered today concentrate mostly on techniques for a family history rather than a genealogy. However, many of the methods can be used for both.
In our English language, we do not differentiate between the maternal (mother’s) and paternal (father’s) sides of the family as is done in some languages. While this is handy for common speech, it can be frustrating to genealogist or family history researcher. For example, if you found an old family letter which wrote of “my grandmother returning to her home in Smithtown”, you could not be sure whether it referred to the writer’s maternal or paternal grandmother. If the letter had been written in–say Swedish– the word for “grandmother” would have been either “mormor” (mother’s mother) or “farmor” (father’s mother) and it would have been clear.
Who the dickens is your third cousin once removed?
Now you know that he/she is your mother’s third cousin, that their great-grandparents were siblings. (To check that answer, look back at the cousin diagram and imagine yourself as LATRESSA’s daughter. JOYCE, your mother’s third cousin, is your third cousin once removed.) Who is your cousin-german, your sibling, your great-grandaunt? Now you can answer all those questions presented in the opening paragraph. Hopefully the intricate nomenclature for the many and varied family relationships within a family is now more comprehendible and will aid you if you are one of the thousands of Americans personalizing history by searching out their ancestors.
Marriage Family and Kinship
Marriage is an institution that admits men and women to family life. Edward Westermarck defined marriage as the more or less durable connection between male and female lasting beyond the mere act of propagation till after the birth of offspring. Lowie defined it as a relatively permanent bond between permissible mates. Malinowski defined marriage as a contract for the production and maintenance of children. According to Lundberg Marriage consists of the rules and regulations that define the rights, duties and privileges of husband and wife with respect to each other. According to Horton and Hunt marriage is the approved social pattern whereby two or more persons establish a family. According to Anderson and Parker marriage are the sanctioning by a society of a durable bond between one or more males and one or more females established to permit sexual intercourse for the implied purpose of parenthood. According to John Levy and Ruth Monroe people get married because of the feeling that being in a family is the only proper indeed the only possible way to live. People do not marry because it is their social duty to perpetuate the institution of family or because the scriptures recommend matrimony but because they lived in a family as children and cannot get over the feeling that being in a family is the only proper way to live in society.
The name Myles is a baby boy name.
The name Myles is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Myles is: Servant.
The name Myles is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Myles is: Servant.
The name Myles is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Myles is: Merciful.
The name Myles is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Myles is: Soldier.
The name Myles is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Myles is: Destroyer.
The name Myles is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Myles is: Who is like God? Gift from God.
SoulUrge Number: 5
People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.
Expression Number: 2
People with this name tend to be quiet, cooperative, considerate, sympathetic to others, adaptable, balanced and sometimes shy. They are trustworthy, respecting the confidences of others, and make excellent diplomats, mediators and partners. They are often very intuitive. They like detail and order, and often find change worrisome. They may sometimes feel insecure or restless.
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Last name: Myles
This interesting name is of French origin, introduced into England by the Normans after 1066 in the form Miles, thought to derive from the Germanic personal name Mild, itself possibly akin to the Slavic element “mil”, mercy. In English documents of the Middle Ages, the name normally appears in the Latin form Milo, but the usual medieval form would have been Mile, so we assume that the final “s” must represent the possessive ending of “son of” or “servant of Mile”. As a surname Miles is ambiguous, as the latin word for a soldier is “Miles”. On June 25th 1553, Thomas Myles married Elisabeth Myllar in St. Stephen’s, Coleman Street, London. William Mylas was christened on July 9th 1568 in St. Andrew’s, Undershaft, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas Miles, which was dated 1177, Pipe Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Henry II, The Builder of Churches, 1154 – 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
10 tips to start your family history journey
Follow these tips on how to find family history without having to browse multiple ancestry sites to build your family tree. Our genealogy experts compiled advice to get you started with your family search and answer some of the most asked family history questions.
1. Start your family tree
Your immediate family often holds the key to starting your family history research. Record the memories of your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins as you start exploring your family tree online. Ask each relative about specific individuals and gather details surrounding their lives including nicknames, places they lived, vital information (including birth, marriage, and death dates), occupations, and other important clues. Enjoy a free questionnaire below to get started with your family history.
Download a questionnaire to interview your relatives.
2. Search your home for scrapbooks
Family scrapbooks often yield important clues for family history research. Examine your home for vital records (birth certificates), school records, family bibles, diaries and letters, old photographs, and memorabilia boxes that tell stories about your family.
3. Start with the family history basics
Use your initial research for your first searches and then analyze your results to achieve a personal success strategy. Following the family history golden rules will help you become a more efficient researcher and hopefully lead to greater rewards in your family search. We discuss how the Census records can help you in Step 7.
Your Family Tree
4.Start your online family tree
Build your online family tree to organize your results. Keeping your research and records organized is important as you continue to find new details related to your family. Enter important information, including names, dates, and places to build a solid foundation as you continue exploring your family history.
Your Family Tree
Build your family tree with our online family tree builder
5. Start with a family story
When building your family tree, identify a potential story about family that you are interested to begin exploring. Aim to uncover both newspaper archives and records relating to your family’s stories in your research.
Stories can include military service (such as exploring World War I military service records), occupational stories (memories of a first paycheck or time spent as a Merchant Marine), educational memories (attending high school or college) or a family legend (being descendant from a prominent individual in American history or confirm stories of a renegade ancestor with detailed criminal records).
6. Join the family history conversation
Join a network of family historians both experienced and new on social networking resources (like findmypast’s Facebook and Twitter) to make new connections and gain insight on how to expand your family history resources.
Staying tuned to the findmypast.com blog for latest record updates and podcasts to help expand your family history search. Read genealogy articles and watch youtube videos related to family history to start building your knowledge base of records and methods for tracing your family tree.
7. Search the U.S. census
The U.S. Federal census is the largest resource for family history and is a solid starting place for examining your family tree. Starting with the newly released 1940 US census, trace parents and grandparents through the census, recording their names, ages, birthplaces, immigration details, occupations, and residences as your build out your family tree.
Search the US Census starting in 1790.
8. Search one family story at a time
Focus on one or two families at a time to help organize your research and increase your productivity. Select one or two families that interest you, rather than trying to tackle your entire family tree at once. Spend time gathering information and documenting your family in small pieces as you work towards the larger goal of filling out your family tree.
Learn how to then “connect the dots” by following family members on their journey to America through the U.S. census, passenger lists and naturalization papers.
9. Gather materials from relatives
Your relatives will likely have important resources in their homes that can assist your search. Family bibles, letters, certifications, and other important materials might be only a phone call away. Some family members might have old genealogical information from other relatives who have also worked on the family history that can help jumpstart your search.
10. Find a Family History Society
Connect with other genealogists and family historians through a local genealogical society or family history event in your area. You can also post questions to findmypast’s facebook online for others to answer when you need help with your research. Attending local classes about family tree research, family history records, and how to avoid brick walls is an important step to finding answers for beginners and advanced genealogists alike.
How To Begin Tracing Your Family Tree
1. Begin your family tree by gathering together everything you have — papers, photos, documents and family heirlooms. Rummage through your attic or basement, the filing cabinet, the back of the closet…. Then check with your relatives to see if they have any family documents they are willing to share. Clues to your family history might be found on the backs of old photographs, in the family bible, or even on a postcard. If your relative is uneasy with lending an original, offer to have copies made.
2. While you’re collecting family records, set aside some time to interview your relatives. Start with Mom and Dad and then move on from there. Try to collect stories, not just names and dates, and be sure to ask open-ended questions. Try these questions to get you started. Interviews may make you nervous, but this is probably the most important step in researching your family history. It may sound cliche, but don’t put it off until it’s too late!
3. Write down everything you have learned from your family and begin to enter the information in a pedigree or family tree chart. If you’re unfamiliar with these traditional family tree forms, you can find step by step instructions in filling out genealogical forms. These charts provide an at-a-glance overview of your family, making it easy to track your research progress.
4. Select a single surname, individual, or family with which to begin. Focusing your family history search helps keep your research on track, and reduces the chance of missing important details due to sensory overload. As much as you might want to, you can’t do it all at once.
5. Explore the Internet for information and leads on your ancestors. Good places to start include pedigree databases, message boards, and resources specific to your ancestor’s location. If you’re new to using the Internet for genealogy research, start with Six Strategies for Finding Your Roots Online. Not sure where to start first? Then follow the research plan in 10 Steps for Finding Your Family Tree Online. Just don’t expect to find your entire family tree in one place!
6. Visit your local Family History Center where you can access the world’s largest collection of genealogical information.
7. Look for the records of your ancestors including wills; birth, marriage and death records; land deeds; immigration records; etc.
8. Organize your new information — take notes, make photocopies, etc. Make sure you save and date everything!
9. Visit the place where your family lived — look at cemeteries, courthouses, churches, etc. for information.
10. Make sure you continue to document everything, including taking pictures. You never know when you might need it.
11. When you have gone as far as you can go, step back and take a break — then go to Step #4 and choose a new ancestor to start searching for.
12. Remember to have fun!
How Do I Start My Family Tree?
Start with Yourself
1. Always, always, start with yourself and work backwards- record all your family history knowledge, root through all your photos documents and start scanning and organizing them.
Interview the Living
2. Ask your relatives for information – the most valuable and free resource you can have is the knowledge and information your living relatives have about their ancestors. Don’t under estimate this step. Take the time to interview your living relatives and record this knowledge in your family tree.
Choose a Software Program and Online Site
3. Choose a free online site to help you organize your information, my recommendation is My Heritage.com. This site provides a free download of family tree software to organize your information, they also offer search capabilities, message boards, and the ability to create your own family history website. It is a great all inclusive site to start your family history for free.
Choose Your Focus Person
4. Choose a relative you wish to learn more about- after organizing your information and setting up a family tree, choose an ancestor you wish to learn more about. Focus on what information you have on that individual and identify what information you are missing before heading out to the internet to find your answers.
Post on Message Boards and Forums
5. Visit websites that offer message boards and forums and begin posting on in specific terms what you are looking for, this is a great way to pull cousins out of the woodwork. A great message board to start with is Rootsweb World Connect Project or GenForum Message Boards.
Create Your Tree Online
6. Post your tree online at numerous locations. The more sites that you post your tree to the better chance you have of uncovering a family tree that may cross branches with your tree. Sites like Tribal Pages and My Heritage, are great places to start and both are free. However, tread cautiously when viewing other trees, if there is no citation offered than be weary of copying any information. Other trees can offer leads into expanding your search but are not consider a primary source. The more websites you post your tree to, the more you increase your chances of meeting a distant cousin.
Search for Published Family History Books
7. Look for published family histories, you just may get lucky and find others who have gone before you and have all ready published a family history book. Check online digital libraries such as Google Books or Our Roots. You just might strike gold.
Visit a Variety of Free Databases
8. Begin your search with free databases, continue to focus on your individual, websites such as familysearch.org and ancestry.com (the free trial option) can quickly uncover some new information. However, don’t discount more specific types of databases such as immigration databases, like Ellis Island or Ship’s List, cemetery online databases such as Dead Fred or Find a Grave and newspaper databases such as newpaperarchive.com or Google News Archive Search.
Standardizing Place Names in my Genealogy Database
I’m almost to the point of trying to standardize all of the place names in my genealogy database.
Researchers are advised by the experts to keep historical place names and jurisdictions in our database so that the place identifications at the time of the records are maintained. Some software programs deal with this by providing a “Description” box wherein a historical name, an address, a hospital name, a cemetery name, or a note about record jurisdiction, could be placed. An alternative is to put the historical location in a person’s note or in a place note, record, or to put the historical location in the source citation detail or note.
|Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Apple Valley, California|
|Battle Creek, Michigan|
|Beat 1, Harrison Town, Tallahatchie, Mississippi|
|Black Oak Township, Crittenden, Arkansas|
|Camp Pendleton, California|
|Carroll County, Mississippi|
|Carroll Cty, Mississippi|
|Chicago, Cook Cty., Illinois|
|Chicago, Cook, Illinois|
|Chula Vista, California|
|Clear Lake, Arkansas|
|Crystal Springs, Mississippi|
|Dale City, Virginia|
|Dix Hills, New York|
|Dyersburg, Dyer, Tennessee|
|East St Louis, illinois|
|Eastover, South Carolina|
|Ford Heights, Illinois|
|Fort Gison, Muskogee, Oklahoma|
|Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Gary, Lake, Indiana|
|Glen Allen, Mississippi|
|Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Greenville, Washington, Mississippi|
|Greenwood, Leflore, Mississippi|
|Haywood County, Tennessee|
|Hoffman Estates, Illinois|
|Joliet, Will County, Illinois|
|Kansas City, Kansas|
|Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi|
|Marion County, Kentucky|
|Minter City, Mississippi|
|New Bern, Craven, North Carolina|
|New Rochelle, New York|
|Oak Forest, Cook, Illinois|
|Otto Mall, Illinois|
|Paw Paw, Michigan|
|Red Oaks, Texas|
|Redbird, Wagoner, Oklahoma|
|Sauk Village, Illinois|
|Seattle, King, Washington|
|South Bend, Indiana|
|South Chicago Heights, Illinois|
|South Haven, Michigan|
|Tallahtchie County, Mississippi|
|Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi|
|Ward 2, Greenville, Beat 3, Washington, Mississippi, United States|
|West Memphis, Arkansas|
|Wheatley Heights, New York|
A given name (also known as a personal name, first name, forename, or Christian name) is a part of a person’s full nomenclature. It identifies a specific person, and differentiates that person from other members of a group, such as a family or clan, with whom that person shares a common surname. The term given name refers to the fact that the name is bestowed upon, or given to a child, usually by its parents, at or near the time of birth. This contrasts with a surname (also known as a family name, last name, or gentile name), which is normally inherited, and shared with other members of the child’s immediate family.
Given names are often used in a familiar and friendly manner in informal situations. In more formal situations the surname is more commonly used, unless it is necessary to distinguish between people with the same surname. The idioms “on a first-name basis” and “being on first-name terms” allude to the familiarity of addressing another by a given name.
|Anderson / Addie|
|Antinia Mariah Malon|
|Areonna Zyaire Maree|
|Brenda F. Aka See|
|Dai-Anna Ashleigh Maree|
|George James Michael|
|Henrietta / Henretta|
|Isilena / Isolina|
|Jayden LaMar Lee|
|John Shepard / Skip|
|Lia NeCole Sallie|
|Mary Bell “Zella”|
|Octavious / Octavia|
|Prince-Tye Gerad Walker|
|Remiyah Saphyre Leilani|
|Sally or Sallie Mae|
|TeLaiyah C. L.|
|Tellessa A. R.|
|Tellesson P. S,|
|TeShaibrah K. S.|