• Is my surname (Clow) Anglo-Saxon or Norman?

    My 3rd great-grandfather on my direct paternal line came from Leicestershire, England, and different sources have different origins for the surname. Most say that it's Anglo-Saxon, but a few seemingly reputable ones say it came to England during the Norman conquest. Does anyone know how to tell? Thanks in... show more
    My 3rd great-grandfather on my direct paternal line came from Leicestershire, England, and different sources have different origins for the surname. Most say that it's Anglo-Saxon, but a few seemingly reputable ones say it came to England during the Norman conquest. Does anyone know how to tell? Thanks in advance! :)
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is Sprouse a dutch surname?

    Best answer: The surname of SPROUSE was derived from the Old Dutch and German name Spross, a name meaning a maker of beer.
    Best answer: The surname of SPROUSE was derived from the Old Dutch and German name Spross, a name meaning a maker of beer.
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Origin of my last name...?

    My last name is Pittell (pronounced Pit-tell, much like Patel but with an "i") and I ve been curious on where the origin of the name descends from. If anyone might have an idea, I would greatly appreciate the info. I would use those websites like ancestry.com but I don t wanna go through the hassle of... show more
    My last name is Pittell (pronounced Pit-tell, much like Patel but with an "i") and I ve been curious on where the origin of the name descends from. If anyone might have an idea, I would greatly appreciate the info. I would use those websites like ancestry.com but I don t wanna go through the hassle of paying for it and risk being disappointed because my last name is so rare I don t even think I m on there
    9 answers · 7 days ago
  • Are surnames of non english origins anglicized in Usa?

    Best answer: This used to be the case when lots of immigrants were illiterate. They were told how to spell their names when the entered the country. The people taking down their name and making up the spelling were English and not familiar with the spelling used in the different languages of the world so they just used to write... show more
    Best answer: This used to be the case when lots of immigrants were illiterate. They were told how to spell their names when the entered the country. The people taking down their name and making up the spelling were English and not familiar with the spelling used in the different languages of the world so they just used to write the nearest thing they heard.
    But nowadays with new immigrants most people can read and write so they tend to keep their own spelling they are used to.
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • My grandmothers maiden name is Moore?

    On my mom's side and my grandmother's maiden on my father's side is Tingley.
    On my mom's side and my grandmother's maiden on my father's side is Tingley.
    10 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is my last name common?

    Barnett.
    Barnett.
    10 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • It's she my cousin? 2nd cousin? Something?

    This new lady started my work today. We have the same last name! Which is awesome (and rare)!! Her husband's father is my dad's great uncle. So does this mean she's my 2nd cousin? (Genealogy isn't my forte)
    This new lady started my work today. We have the same last name! Which is awesome (and rare)!! Her husband's father is my dad's great uncle. So does this mean she's my 2nd cousin? (Genealogy isn't my forte)
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can I tell people I'm part black?

    I found out my 10th great grandfather, Etow Oh Koam (one of the 4 Mohawk Kings) bought an african slave and married her. So I have some african ancestry. Can I tell people Im part african american too?
    I found out my 10th great grandfather, Etow Oh Koam (one of the 4 Mohawk Kings) bought an african slave and married her. So I have some african ancestry. Can I tell people Im part african american too?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why do you research your genealogy?

    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can someone help me find my birth father?

    I feel completely embarrassed to not know my family history even more so when I was growing up I had to do family trees and I falsified every person on my tree because I am adopted and I love my adopted family (mostly) but I can’t help but wonder about the seed I had come from. I am only 17 My mother passed away... show more
    I feel completely embarrassed to not know my family history even more so when I was growing up I had to do family trees and I falsified every person on my tree because I am adopted and I love my adopted family (mostly) but I can’t help but wonder about the seed I had come from. I am only 17 My mother passed away about 5 years ago and no one has a lead as to who my father is. Not even a name or possibility. I wonder if I can find it on one of those sites like ancestry or 23 ? Can anyone help me out please I’m begging you curiousity is killing me since thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up and if there is a possibility you guys can help me I’d greatly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why am I mostly European?

    I took a ancestry dna test with me being Puerto Rican and my dna test showed I’m 66 percent European which is basically 70 percent if you round it! The rest was Native American & African with some West Asian. Why is this?
    I took a ancestry dna test with me being Puerto Rican and my dna test showed I’m 66 percent European which is basically 70 percent if you round it! The rest was Native American & African with some West Asian. Why is this?
    10 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Do you have experiences with MyHeritage?

    Is it reliable? Also, do you have to pay on a monthly basis or is one time enough. If I do this I would like to do it just one time to get to know my DNA results, but no subscription or something.
    Is it reliable? Also, do you have to pay on a monthly basis or is one time enough. If I do this I would like to do it just one time to get to know my DNA results, but no subscription or something.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • When did the family name Fannin become Fannon?

    Best answer: With rare exception, you can't pinpoint it. I have an ancestor who changed his surname from "Adams" to "Addams" so that his line would be distinct. That's one of those rare exceptions. Before a high-school education became the norm for middle-class people, spelling varied.
    Best answer: With rare exception, you can't pinpoint it. I have an ancestor who changed his surname from "Adams" to "Addams" so that his line would be distinct. That's one of those rare exceptions. Before a high-school education became the norm for middle-class people, spelling varied.
    6 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Do all Americans know how their ancestors came here 300-400 years ago and their exact line of ancestry unless they take a DNA test?

    Best answer: DNA tests are no substitue for traditional genelogy using documents. The only thing they can do is match you with population groups in their database and each company has its own database. So go to different companies and get different results. It has been reported if you are tested by a company and go back... show more
    Best answer: DNA tests are no substitue for traditional genelogy using documents. The only thing they can do is match you with population groups in their database and each company has its own database. So go to different companies and get different results. It has been reported if you are tested by a company and go back sometime later have them retest you , by that time they have received more population groups that can alter your picture.

    Also Autosomal DNA is mailnly used along with Mitochondrial. Mitochondrial is passed through the maternal lines. Both males and females get it from their mother.

    44 of your chromosomes are Autosomal and while you got it 50-50 from both parents, you didn't get it 25% from each of your 4 grandparents. When your parents passed on the Autosomal they received from their parents to you it went through 'meoisis" where it was randomly jumbled and recombined. You and your full siblings got different chunks of Autosomal from your parents. So if you and a full sibling were tested by the same company at the same time, your results will not be exact.

    The real value of genealogy DNA testing is if you are into traditional genealogy work and the company you choose finds they probably have tested cousins of yours going back a few generations and they notify you of those cousins and you make contact with them, then you can collaborate informaiton with them. They might have discovered ancestors and records you haven't and you might have discovered record and ancestors they haven't. Just don't believe the ballyhoo that they can exactly tell where all your ancestors originated.
    11 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Are family legends ever accurate? My family has always said we were Scots-Irish in origin?

    I’ve become fascinated with my family history, especially my mother’s family. My mom’s relatives all claim that we originated in Northern Ireland and originally came from Scotland. Both the eldest family members and distant cousins who haven’t seen my close family in years all say that our family immigrated from... show more
    I’ve become fascinated with my family history, especially my mother’s family. My mom’s relatives all claim that we originated in Northern Ireland and originally came from Scotland. Both the eldest family members and distant cousins who haven’t seen my close family in years all say that our family immigrated from Northern Ireland. We have never been able to trace the family back across the Atlantic, however, we have traced our roots to a settlement that was half German and half Scottish/Irish.
    11 answers · 1 month ago