Friday, February 19, 2016
Nonexistent Information in Genealogy ----- Nicknames
The search for individuals is first based on identifying the person’s name. Some people are known by a substitute name, moniker or a nickname. I have found that some of the people I have tried to locate were known by their nickname and not their given name. I was only able to find some people because family members gave me their nicknames. Some families have people with the same given name for multiple generations. I have found at least 4 people in extended family named Tom Brumfield. I think that other names have evolved to distinguish people in a family with the same name.
Common name variations of have been helpful in finding ancestors.
Examples of a variations: Elizabeth (primary name) Liz, Liza, Lizabeth, Lizzie, Libby, Lisa, Beth, Bess, Betsy, Betty. Sometimes it necessary to look at all name variations to find an individual.