Quarterly Surname Index and Table of Contents
- Surname database instructions
- Table of Contents Vols 1-45
- Surname search tips
- Surnames A-Z (PDFs) Vols 1-40
The Quarterly is packed with indexes to vital records, special censuses, major denominational church records. SCCGS strongly encourages thorough exploration of its Quarterly. We thank editors and their assistants who made these indexes possible. Read more about the Quarterly here.
- Read the Surname search tips at the tab above.
- Find a surname in the electronic database below and/or at the above tab, Surnames A-Z.
- Copy/paste the name, volume, issue, and pages of interest into a Word document or print a range of pages.
- With list in hand, click the Table of Contents tab above, find a volume and issue on the list, read the article title in which the surname appears.
- Fill in the Quarterly order form (see sidebar) and mail with your payment. Entire issues, or if out-of-stock, specific pages may be ordered.
Questions? We’d be happy to help! Click Contact on the menu for the Publications Coordinator.
Pronunciation and handwriting influenced name spellings even though the family “always” spelled it one way. Old ledgers were often recopied opening a way to errors or omissions. Search the original record. Consider these search tips:
Search phonetic spellings of the name
- Kraus pronounced by a heavy-accented German might sound like Graus, Popp might sound like Bopp.
- The census taker, tax man, or city official may have written down what he heard.
- Double consonants might appear alone, e.g., Haman for Hamman. Notice how far apart these spellings are in a printed index? Search each variant. Use your browser’s Find tool to quickly locate part of a name.
- Substitute every vowel for others, e.g., Seibert, Siebert, Sibert, Syburt.
- The letter H might sound like or be rendered as an A or O, especially at the beginning of a surname; search these variations.
Handwriting and other misinterpretations
- An English version of a name was sometimes substituted! King for Roy, Carpenter for Zimmermann, Morningstar for Morgenstern, Steven for Ettienne, Carl or Charles for Karl.
- Our handwritten L looked quite similar to the letter Germans used for B. Even an American L and S looked similar at times. Other often mistaken letters are c for e, n for u, u for a.
- Hyphenated surnames may be inverted; McKane might be M’ Kane or Mc Kane, and even transcribed as M. Kane; surnames with a space (La Chance) may be indexed as LaChance; St. Eve might be Saint Eve or Sainteve.
- Special characters may or may not appear as the English language equivalent so search both versions. For example, Müller and Mueller.
- An r at the end of a word might look like an n, e.g., Brenner and Brennen. Search both spellings.
- Search electronic indexes for part of a word/surname.
- Make a list of variant spellings, working through these in every resource you search.
Targeted searches may be necessary
For example, say great-grandfather Morgan Park was a farmer during the 1870s. A site search and Quarterly Surname Index search for Park showed many hits.
- The various website pages didn’t apply to your Morgan Park. Since only a small portion of our collections are online … continue on!
- The “Quarterly Surname Index” webpage for surnames beginning with “P” shows Park appeared in several volumes, issues, and pages. The corresponding Table of Contents shows several articles of interest which were ordered from SCCGS. Alas, your Morgan Park was not in the articles. Continue on!
- Since Mr. Park was a farmer, a site search for subjects or topics was tried. In our example, a search for farm or agricultur (a part of that word) showed two new hits, one for the Table of Contents, the other for yet another webpage on this site. Both hits refer to the “1870 Agricultural Census.”
- At last, a tantalizing clue but one that required reading the entire page. An M. Part farmed a few acres in one of the county’s precincts. An abbreviated first name and misspelled surname hid him from view. To confirm this was your man, search the 1870 population census again, this time looking for neighbors as well. Deeds at the courthouse might also be enlightening if he owned or leased the land.
- Last, obtain a copy of the original census from which the article was derived – commercial websites have most, if not all, the censuses for Illinois available. If not, the old-fashioned route still works – view the microfilm at a library.
Surname Indexes as pdf
A and no surname B – Be Bh-Bra Brd -Bz -C- -D- -E- -F- –Ga– –Gm– –H-Har – –Has-Hep– –Her-Hok– –Hol-Hz– –I– –J– –K-Kh– –Ki-Kn– –Ko-Kz– –L-Le– –Lh-Lz– –M-Mac-Maz– –Mc-Me– –Mg-Mz– –N– –O– –P– –Q– –R– –Rei– –Ri-Ro– –Ru– –S-Sche– –Schi-Scho– –Schr-Scz– –Sea-Siz– –Sj-Sr– –St-Sti– –Stm-Sz– –T-Tl– –To-Tz– –U,V– –W-Wc– –We– –Wh-Wiz– –Wl-Wz– –X,Y,Z–
Quarterly Volumes 1 – 40 (1978 – 2017)
Top (For surnames in quarterlies published 2018-2022 see the Surname in PDF tab above).
a) Type a name in the search box just above the table (scroll down) and wait several seconds for the first 50 matches to display.
b) Click the buttons at the bottom of the list for subsequent matches.
c) Continue with Instructions step 3 above.
A search for Brenner will find Brenner as well as Kalkbrenner. To display the entire list, clear the search box.
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