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December 12, 2017

Surnames A-Z: O

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

O SURNAMES: Oare, Olferts, Osborne, OveryO SURNAMES:Overy

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

1 comment:

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Someone should invent a GEDCOM-type format for surnames -- if you've been doing genealogy for a while, it's way too tedious to enter your hundreds of surnames according to the particullar format a website asks for.