I have developed a computer program for the genealogy community. This program, which runs under the Windows operating system, is intended to assist you in searching the web for information on your surnames. I call this program "Surname Suggestion List". After you enter in your surname, you click on the Search button, and it will create 3 lists of similar sounding surnames. The lists are based on how good a sound match the other surnames are to the one you entered. The lists are titled Excellent, Close, and Longshot.
Results ListsSurnames in the Excellent list are considered to be very similar to your surname, and are excellent names to search for. Surnames in the Close list are considered to be similar to your surname, and are good names to search for. Surnames in the Longshot list are somewhat similar to your surname, and are longshots.
Google SearchAfter the lists are built, you can click on a surname in the list, and then click on the Google Search button. A new window will be opened up which will perform a genealogy search on Google for your surname.
A Wider SearchFor a wider search, click on the Wider Search option, then click on the Google Search button. A new window will be opened up which will perform a wider genealogy search on Google for your surname. This wider search option can sometimes find web sites which you might have overlooked before. Of course, many of the pages in the wider search will be the same ones returned in the regular search. I highly recommend using this option.
Additional Search TermsIn addition, you have two entry fields into which you can put additional search terms. For example, if you are interested in Allegany County, Maryland, you could put the word Allegany in one field, and Maryland in the other. Click on the Google Search button to perform the search with the additional search terms.
Date Range SearchYou may also add a Date Range to your search. If you are interested in searching from 1900 to 1920, you would put 1900 in the first date range field, and 1920 in the second. Click on the Google Search button to perform the search with the addition of a date range.
Download the ProgramThis program is free to download and try. If you like it, you are encouraged to make a small donation to support its development. You can download and install the program by clicking on the button below.
Program InformationThe latest version of the program is Version 1.3. Version 1.3 - 11/14/07 - Added additional US and UK Surnames Version 1.2 - 10/27/07 - Enhanced Surname Matching, Added German Surnames, Added User Suggested Surnames Version 1.1 - 06/30/07 - Added Support for Firefox Browser Version 1.0 - 06/29/07 - Initial Release
KeywordsGenealogy, Surnames, Variant Spellings, One Name Study, Onomastics
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