There is a growing trend towards using DNA testing to help trace one’s ancestry. But what types of information can be discovered using one of the many products on the market that are DTC (Direct to Consumer)? Are they worth the expense, and can they fill in information relevant to your family tree? There are currently several hundred genetic tests of many different types in use, with more being developed all the time.
Recently, while searching for the meanings of my family’s surnames, I came across some interesting information on the origin of names. I always knew some surnames were derived from occupations, like Smith, Mason, Shoemaker, Miller, Farmer, etc., but I didn’t realize so many were also derived from nicknames and geographical locations. Classifying surnames and figuring out their origins has long been an interest of historians and genealogists.