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LINKS - People, Names and Surnames
« on: Sunday 10 May 09 13:46 BST (UK) »
Some links for web-sites about People, Names and Surnames .

These LINKS-Topics have been been compiled from the links submitted by RootsChatters.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed.  :)
Ancient faces
Please be patient with this site as there is a lot of information to upload. 
You can search for photographs by surname.

Darwin Correspondence Project
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On this site you can read the full texts of more than 5000 of Darwin's letters, and find information on 10,000 more.
We will be celebrating the Darwin Bicentenary with a relaunched website later this year, with information on Darwin's life, work, and letters, for schools, colleges, researchers, and the media.
The Project aims to publish on-line letters both from and to Charles Darwin,
the famous naturalist. The Database is fully searchable by Ship, Port Occupation etc
Scran is a charity & online learning resource base with over 360,000 images & media from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It peak serves 1.1 million hits per day.
Free users: Search all but see thumbnail images only. Subscribe for full access.
Full users: Large rights cleared resources, full captions, learning packs; create, save, share; & Scribble social networking. Requires subscription: educational rate
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Hi folks, I dont know if anyone has put this one in before but here goes: is a great site for photos,type in the search box at the top i.e people of dumfries or buildings etc

A to Z Surname Links  link broken
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Welcome at the Surnames site. We are constantly updating and expanding our long list of surnames. Every name links to a family tree, where you can check if this person belongs to your tree too.

All about surnames
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This is an extract of an Office of National Statistics database, and contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann in September 2002. The list contains almost 270,000 surnames, shared by 54.4 million people. The entire database contains over a million surnames, shared by 55.9 million people, but names shared by fewer that five people have been excluded from this list.

Frequency of surnames in UK.
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The original Surname Profiler application has now been re-branded for the National Trust as part of our spatial literacy outreach activities.
Welcome to the National Trust Names. website which presents the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic. It allows users to search the databases that we have created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names.

See also the discussion at
Topic: Surname distribution 1881/1998 - GB,180449.0.html

Early 17th Century English Names

The Internet Surname Database
Surname Origins with Historical Recordings & Internet Links to each surname.

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The Internet Surname Database seems to have a lot of European surnames. It gives a small history of the surname.

Name Thesaurus
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The NameThesaurus uses NameX technology to identify name variants with significantly higher Precision and Recall than Soundex or Metaphone.

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If you having trouble finding your ancestors on census it can be because the enumerator has possibly put down the "wrong" Surname spelling for your family.
Try this site to see surname variants   

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just as an example, it found
- 171 NameX matches,
- 1271 Soundex matches and
- 672 Metaphone matches
to one of my names.

It also provides a link to another surname site, which looks like providing a good read, if you like some in-depth knowledge of that sort of thing.
Thesaurus of British Surnames  project
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A major problem for users of genealogical databases is that of variant spellings of surnames. The Thesaurus of British Surnames (ToBS) is an on-going project to develop and manage an online thesaurus of British surname variants. The intent is that the thesaurus should become a public resource, able to be searched independently and also to be incorporated directly into search engines.

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Index to Changes of Name
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 08 December 10 11:59 GMT (UK) »
"An Index to Changes of Name: Under Authority of Act of Parliament Or Royal Licence, and including Irregular Changes from ..........1760 to 1901"

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