“Why Can’t I Find My Family? — Digging Deeper on Surnames”
Categories: RL, RT
So many things can happen to a surname over the course of time. If we lose track of that name, we lose track of our ancestral family and research grinds to a halt. This presentation will examine the most likely sources of name variations and teach you to be on the alert for them. Some changes are a matter of literacy, communication issues such as accents, translation, transcription errors and so much more.
Laurie Werner Castillo is the 1st Vice President of UVTAGG and is a
professional genealogist who has done historical background research
for books and family research for private clients. She has written
articles for publication and presented at numerous conferences,
national, state and local, including RootsTech, FGS (Federation of
Genealogical Societies), UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), and BYU
(Brigham Young University). She has worked with the UGA in several
positions and for many years has been a Family History Missionary,
Consultant, and Teacher at the BYU Family History Library, a Stake
Family Records Extraction Director, and a Ward Temple and Family
History Consultant. She specializes in research in continental Europe
and Scandinavia, especially Germany, Sweden, France, and the
Netherlands. She has researched most everywhere in the U.S. and
particularly enjoys New England, Midwest, and the “Western
Frontier”. Besides all this, she is a U.S. Census specialist and is
well-versed in Early LDS Research. Laurie was born in Santa Monica,
California and raised in West Los Angeles. In high school she
participated in musical groups and was a point guard on the girls
basketball team. She attended BYU where she met and married Jerry
Castillo from San Antonio, Texas. Jerry also works with technical
aspects and teaches classes at UVTAGG. Laurie graduated from BYU with
a BS in Family and Consumer Economics and the Castillo’s live in Orem.
She was a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainer for the
City of Orem, Utah, and did Earthquake Preparedness
presentations. They have two grown children and 6 grandchildren.
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This presentation is part of a set of over 400 presentations on genealogy and family history produced by "UVTAGG: The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group".
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