Saturday, April 2, 2011

Those O Names

When searching for names like O'Neill, try ONeill, O Neill, O'Neill, etc. Different databases may have the names entered differently and may have searches procedures constructed differently. Same for Mc and Mac.

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever found them as just "Neill" (no 'O') in the records as well as indexes? My O'Toole cousins show up in the U.S. census in La. as "Toole" or "Tool" on the records. I wonder if it was a census convention or if they sometimes dropped the O. (Why? Anti-Irish sentiment in later 1800s?)