Author Archives: Julie Goucher

European Ancestors – Legacy Webinar Series

Last Friday evening I presented to a number of genealogists the latest presentation of Tracing European Ancestors. The webinar can be accessed via this link free of charge for seven days. Alternatively it is available, as is the syllabus to subscribers … Continue reading

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Sicilian Heritage – The Reverse Immigrant by Alfred M. Zappala

I have been following the adventures and activities of Alfred via his website  for about three years or so. It was then by absolute chance that I then saw an email by which he mentioned his second book and I … Continue reading

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Spanish Surnames

In Spain children typically are given their first name followed by two surnames. The first surname represents their father’s surname and the second represents their mother’s surname. Since 1999, the gender equality laws have made a provision for some surname … Continue reading

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The Italian American Podcast

Genealogy is so much more than names and dates. Researching our ancestry is about understanding the locations, cultures and traditions that affected the lives of our ancestors. Late last year I became aware that this podcast series The Italian American Podcast was … Continue reading

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Patronymic bynames in medieval Western Europe

Originally posted on Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources:
Today’s topic is one suggested to us via conversations on twitter, sparked by this fascinating map (found here) of the meanings of the most popular surnames in different European countries.…

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The Origins and Evolution of a One-Name Study and Surname Research – Webinar

In December the Southern California Genealogical Society released their 2016 Webinar series schedule. There are some familiar faces scheduled and in many instances I need to go to bed very late if I am to hear the webinars! – there … Continue reading

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Tracing Your European Ancestors – RootsTech 2016

Overnight, the RootsTech team uploaded the syllabi for the various lectures to the website. You will find my RootsTech handout HERE or by searching for RT1137 They also announced the presentations to be live streamed. As my presentation will not be … Continue reading

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Can you help? – Stover & Ilford Park, Newton Abbot

Work is well under way for my book, Newton Abbot’s Polish Community. The cover pictures are being worked upon and I am gathering momentum for writing. I am still though seeking images for the book – can you help? What … Continue reading

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is an autonomous region of Italy. The minor islands around it are also considered to be part of Sicily. Throughout much of its history, Sicily has been considered a crucial … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Research

Bulgaria is the oldest state in Europe to have kept its original name since AD681 and most of the population are descendants of the Bulgarian invasion of the South Danube. On two occasions during the medieval period Bulgarians managed to … Continue reading

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