Thursday, July 9, 2009

Find the Right Name

Passenger ship lists were filled out at the port of departure.
This means you need to search for your ancestor's original name as it would appear in his former country. Don't forget to try nicknames too.

To find the "old country" version of your ancestor's name try searching:

Many nationalities had traditional naming patterns:

Here is a good source for background information about names:

Here are some helpful tips for finding your ancesor's names in databases