Surnames, otherwise known as last names, can be used to trace family heritage and history. Genealogy searches can be conducted online through a number of websites, including Ancestry.com and its related community, RootsWeb.
RootsWeb, home to thousands of registered genealogy websites, offers an array of regional resources as well as surname websites, indexed alphabetically. Users can also use the RootsWeb Surname List by inputting their surname and location to search for their family heritage. Additionally, RootsWeb provides a list of records from federal and state resources and databases comprised of user-contributed records. These online tools allow users to trace family origin, create family trees and explore ancestry DNA.