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Surnames that are commonly used words

Surnames that are commonly used words

Posted: 1338590946000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Preachers, Utter

I'm new to genealogy and have a question about doing searches.

I have the good fortune of my mother and father both having surnames that are also in use as common words. My mother's surname is Preachers and my father's is Utter. When doing searches on, etc., I get inundated with results that contain matches to their common word usage (e.g., "... was a Baptist preacher").

I'd appreciate any suggestions for how I might be able to limit results to those that match as surnames only. I'm worried I'll get so tired of looking through all the common use matches that I'll miss results that actually matter!


Sue Utter Honig

Re: Surnames that are commonly used words

Posted: 1340397210000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Preachers
Hi Sue,

My suggestion would be that when you're in the Stories & Publications section of Ancestry, enclose the surname Preachers in quotation marks: "Preachers"
That may cut down some of the hits you get while doing your research.

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