Is Inu actually a surname?
READERS' FEEDBACK: Is Inu a
I have been told that one of my ancestors had the surname Inu and was born in
1780. Her ancestors were supposedly from England. I am having trouble
researching the name. Can anyone tell me if Inu is actually a surname?
Yours was an interesting question, and here's how I determined INU is in fact a
surname, with several derivations: Ino, Eno, Ani, Ana and Inouye to name a few.
I went to www.familysearch.org and
typed "Inu" without quotes in the last name field before clicking the search
button. There hit list
included 190 individuals who lived in Japan, the Pacific Islands, Canada, the US
even one or two from England and one from Germany.
One entry lists a Robert Inu who married an unnamed woman on Oct 17, 1736 in
Gloucester, England. This entry is not a strong lead because the source citation
merely mentioned the information has been submitted by an individual. Use the
information as a clue. See WHATS NEXT below.
Also included was a gentleman named WILHELMUS INU who married MARIA HARTHLAUFF
June 9, 1704. To obtain a copy of the original church book entry, you could
click so discover that the source was an extracted record on LDS microfilm
0176100, of the Katholisch (Catholic) Parish register transcripts of baptisms,
marriages and deaths 1662 - 1809 for Burg (Wupper), Rheinland, Preussen,
Germany. Because the source citation references an original record rather than a
patron submission, the entry is more likely reliable.
While ol Myrt here is sure that we could visit other websites for more
information about the INU surname, it is essential to work
systematically backwards using original documents (most often on microfilm) to
establish the links from one generation to the previous. Gather everything you
can on the known ancestor for more clues about the place in England where her
ancestors were born.
If Gloucester is the right place in England, then begin by looking at church
records of christening and marriage in Gloucester. No you don't have to go there
in person. Just see what's available on microfilm through www.FamilySearch.org,
and then order and view the films at one of 4,000+ local LDS Family History
Centers located throughout the world. Sometime within the next six years nearly
all of the 3 million microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City,
will be available on the internet. But don't wait!
Happy family tree climbing!
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