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Genealogy and Family History: Etymology

A guide to assist those interested in starting a family history project.

What is Etymology and Why Should I Care?

The Oxford Dictionary defines etymology as the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.

So how does this relate to my family history research? Knowing how your ancestors given and surnames may have changed over time could make the difference between finding, or not finding their records. But we have some great resources to help you research your ancestors changing names. See below.

Researching Given Names: Books in the TMCC Library

Sample on Surname Variations Over Time

Samples of Surname Changes

Researching Surnames: Books and eBooks in the TMCC Library