Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Genealogy Quick Notes — Family History 101 Web site

My real name is Teresa and my parents nicknamed me Terry, which is the name I usually use. If I had been living during the 19th century, my nickname more than likely would have been Tess, this according to the list of names and nicknames used during the 18th and 19th centuries here in the US. While Alex is still considered a nickname for Alexander, another nickname used during that period was Zander. I found this and other interesting tidbits of information on the Family History 101 Web site.

Here are a few more examples of nicknames that might not leap to your mind when you see them:

Con for Cornelius
Dob or Dobbin for Robert
Fanny for Nathaniel .
Si could be used for Cyrus or Josiah
Fate for Lafayette
Hitty for Mehetable
Crecy for Lucretia
Briney for Sybrina
Biddie for Bridget
Nettie for Antoinette or Henrietta

You can find more examples on the Web site at the following link: http://www.familyhistory101.com/encyclopedi/nicknames.html.

While you are there, check out the county and census maps on the Web site. At http://www.familyhistory101.com/map_county.html you will find a link to county maps in 29 states. For example, if you click on the 1803 Ohio county map you would see that Sandusky County was part of Franklin County the year Ohio became a state. The Ohio county formation maps start with year 1788 and end with the year 1888.

At http://www.familyhistory101.com/map_census.html, you will find county maps of the same 29 states, but these are snap shots of what counties existed at the time each federal census was taken. The census years included range from 1790 to 1920. Seeing how county lines changed over time is useful to family genealogists as they search for clues in both census and local records.

Until Next Time — Happy Ancestral Digging!

Note this post first published online, December 11, 2007, at Desktop Genealogist Blog at The News-Messenger Online http://www.thenews-messenger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=BLOGS02

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