How To Trace A Relative When You Only Have Their Nickname

How To Trace A Relative When You Only Have Their Nickname

Nick Barratt (Genealogist) gives expert video advice on: I only have a nickname of a relative how do I trace them?

I only have a nickname of a relative how do I trace them?

If you've got a nickname, then you really can't rely on any data that you've been given. But if it's someone that's been born many years ago, that you've only known since they've died or known about after their death, order the death certificate. Work with family members who probably do know them and see if you can find out circumstances of when they died, because the death certificate will tell you their real name, also where they lived, if they were married or widowed and also their age or date of birth, and that will get you around that problem immediately. So, with nicknames, it's a common problem, but with a bit of interrogation of the family, you should be able to get round that.