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HISTORY OF SURNAMES

In her ongoing series, Julie Goucher explains the history of surnames, which are the building blocks of a surname study

Understanding the history of surnames is important and they do vary depending on which country you are researching in. In some cases, such as Ireland, the introduction of surnames goes back to the 10th century, yet Turkey only introduced surnames as late as 1934. In Iceland names are organised by first name.

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Discover the rich records of the golden era of family history, as we trace our ancestors from the Victorian age. Reflect on your roots and sense of identity. And make use of 25 fabulous free resources to learn more about your kin. From DNA sleuthing tips to document research skills, and family stories - find all this and more in Family Tree...