This book describes the distortions that can occur between the time your ancestor thinks about saying his or her surname to the time you search for the surname in an online index. It explains that these distortions are rarely random and it displays sound charts and surnames tables showing how and why they occur. It includes lists of spellings for every letter and sound—as many as two dozen for a single vowel sound in some instances. And it provides guidelines you can follow to help find those elusive surnames.
Author: Carol Baxter