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How to Research Common Surnames

Fans of 1970s Westerns might recall a TV series titled “Alias Smith and Jones,” in which a pair of outlaws try to go straight. To keep a low profile and earn a promised pardon, they adopt as pseudonyms two of the most common surnames in the country. If your own genealogy “most wanted” ancestors have similar surnames, this Old West yarn might feel painfully familiar: Finding folks named Smith and…

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Source: Family Tree Magazine.com

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