Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What does the GPR mean by family name?

The GPR hold details of what it calls "family names". These are the forenames that refer to ancestor surnames and are usually, when they occur, the last forename.

These "family names" can be extremely useful for family history researchers. To help this research, the GPR automatically provides appropriate links whenever a name contains one.

The GPR automatically records these whenever a new grave is added to the database so that they can be searched by researchers.

You can search the resources database for all the entries for a particular family name by typing the name into the box below and pressing the find family names button. This SEARCH facility is also available via the top menu on all pages.

Family name search

family name

Use this to find all the people with a specific family name within the GPR database.

A family name is where there is a surname as the last name of the forenames. This was a common practice before the middle of the 20th century.

Associated with the family name search are alphabetic lists that give all the family names held within the GPR. These lists are especially useful in identifying different spellings of a maiden name.


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