Guide: How to Add a Surname to Your Research Interests

1.) Visit the Search Surnames page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Surnames → Search Surnames

2.) Search for a Surname

In this example, we have searched for ‘sco’

You will see a result list of surnames featuring the searched term or related terms.

You can order the list by clicking on a header. Here, we have clicked on ‘Researchers’ so we can see which surnames have the most activity.

3.) Use the '+ Your Surnames' Button

Locate the surname you want to add as a research interest and click the green ‘+ Your Surnames’ button.

The page reloads and you see that this has changed to a black button with a check and ‘Your Surname’ written on it.

You can confirm the surname has been added to your research interests by clicking on the link to the surname page (place name) or clicking the ‘View’ button.

4.) Confirm Added by Viewing Surname page

Here, you can see that Scotney has been added to your surnames and it is ‘Public’ which means other users can find you.

5.) Or Confirm on Manage Surnames page

Alternatively, you can visit:
Your Ancestorian → Manage Surnames You Research 

Here, after adding a filter in the ‘Filter results’ box for ‘scot’, we see that the newly linked surname is public and that one further Scot name is  ‘Your Surname’ but not publicly visible – therefore, you will not be found for this.

TIP: Find out what else you can do on the Manage Surnames You Research page in our guide.

6.) Add a Missing Surname to Ancestorian

If you don’t find the surname you are wanting to add as a research interest among the many thousands of names on Ancestorian, you can add it.

Read the ‘How to Add a Missing Surname to Ancestorian’ guide.