Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How can I see if there are different spellings of a name held within the resource?

You can see a list of all the surnames held within the resource by using the Surname List feature. This feature is one of the options in the Search system which can be accessed using the link on the main menu at the top of every page.

For instance, if you want to see what versions of the name Ablett are stored within the database, just press the A within the surname list option and all the surnames within the resource starting with A will be displayed.

This feature is particularly useful to look for names that sound very similar but are spelt differently. For instance, the names Nichol and Nickle occur on graves close to each other in the churchyard at Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. It is very likely that these two families are related and the different versions of the names are just the result of the different stone masons version of spelling the name.

List of all the maiden and family names held within the GPR are also available via the website's SEARCH systems.


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