If you are using a word in your research (a person’s name or location name) and have no idea how that word is said, you may be at a hindrance in using certain finding aids and in understanding records completely. Ask someone with that last name how they say it. Ask someone from that location how they say where they are from.

You may be surprised at what you hear.


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  1. Scotland is full of surprising pronunciations. To give just a few examples: Anstruther (a fishing village in Fife) is pronounced “enster”; Kilconquhar is “Kin-uch-ar”; and Milngavie, in Lanarkshire, is pronounced “mull-guy”. And that’s without even getting into Gaelic toponyms …

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