Conquering a Common Surname: A Case Study
Do you have a Smith, a Jones, a Davis, a Thomas, a Johnson, or a Williams hiding up your family tree? When there are so many people with these names living in every location, how do you determine which are related and which aren't? How do you press the line back from its earliest appearance in one location to its previous home? Well, Larry Cates of the HRC has a few things to say about this. He has all of these ancestral surnames, including two Jones lines and two Williams lines.