FREE ACCESS to The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names – for a short time only!
For the next week, researchers are able to use the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland for free. This should be useful for people wanting to know where their surnames, or those of ancestors in their family tree came from.
You need to be quick as this is only for this next week until 21st May 2020
This dictionary is considered to be the ultimate reference work on family names of the British Isles, covering those from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Channel Islands as well as immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and also those names that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census when it was taken.
It’s being made accessible to all to help bring families separated by Covid-19 closer together at this time.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine points out that the print version of the dictionary is 3,136 pages long and costs £400, and that the online edition is only normally available via subscribing institutions, so this is a unique opportunity to access information about over 45,000 surnames.
Sarah Williams, editor of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, said: “The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is the most authoritative resource for anyone wanting to understand the origin of their family name.
“Having free access to this huge body of research will delight family historians across the globe.”