Sunday, March 29, 2015

A New Dress For My Blog? No, A Whole New Wardrobe!


What's better than getting a new dress and a pair of shoes? Getting a whole new wardrobe!


Almost a year ago I mentioned it was time to freshen things up a bit. Move with the times and show I have grown as a blogger. In July it will be six years for Desperately Seeking Surnames!


When i started this blog, I had no idea where it would take me nor did I image this longevity. I still consider myself an "occasional blogger" as consistency in posting doesn't happen often.

It took me several months to complete this redo. I investigated switching to WordPress, and using a modern looking layout. Ultimately I decided that Blogger meets my needs just fine and Arial font on a white background is not my personality.

That's when the fun started. I began doodling to capture what message I wanted my blog design to convey. A lot of time was spent looking at blogs and capturing designs I liked as well as those I didn't. I organized everything on a secret Pinterest board. Once I had arrived at the picture in my mind I started buying the individual digital elements.

My decision to hire a professional designer to put it all together was relatively easy. I talked to three different designers before I chose Dee at UrbanCreativeStudio. She was easy to work with, took my rambling messages and random digital elements and created the look and appearance I was looking for.  Dee also created coordinating header graphics for my Twitter and G+ profiles.

I am ready for my next six years of blogging and finding the families belonging to the Surnames I Seek. While I may remain an occasional blogger, I do hope to blog with more intention and put forth more effort towards the mechanics of blogging and my blog.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Surnames I Seek Everingham Evingham

Surname Research Resources

Everingham Surname Research


When trying to understand the meaning, locations and depth of my family surnames there are several online resources I regularly utilize.

However, from time to time it is necessary to branch out to other resources when a surname is not as common. Surname resources can be filled with interesting and detailed information and data you will want to bookmark to reference again and again.

Everingham Surname Resources


Surname research may become even more interesting when a surname is tied to a specific location. You will hear genealogy educators repeat location, location, location. Research of the location your ancestor lived as well as the history of the area is very important and may provide many clues.


Visit my Surnames page to all the Surnames I Seek.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

5 Online Surname Origin Research Resources

Surname Origin Research Resources

5 Online Surname Origin Research Resources


If you would like to learn more about the origins of your ancestral surnames, here are 5 online resources for you.

1. Guild of One-Name Studies
The worldwide center for one-name studies. You may search their collection as well as join a study.

2. The Internet Surname Database
A database containing over 40,000 surnames and can provide detailed history about a surname. 
"This most interesting surname is of Old French origin, and is a locational name from "Briencun", a place in Normandy."1
3. Ancestry Surname Origins
This resource provides detailed surname origin information as well as distribution maps. You may also find links to information within Ancestry's collections.


4. Forebears
A surname meaning and distribution database containing over 11 million surnames.

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This surname resource is provided by The Irish Times and provides a distribution map as well as histories, if available.

Do you have any go-to surname research resources?

Please share them if you do. I am also looking to expand my surname book collection. If you have any recommendations, I welcome those as well.

See all the surnames I see here.

1. Surname Database: Brimson Last Name Origin, http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Brimson, 2/13/2015.

2. Gillpin Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution | Family Name, http://forebears.co.uk/surnames/gillpin, 2/13/2015