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From: Rosalie <" bhroser1"@myfairpoint.net>
Subject: Re: [NYALBANY] Plurals of surnames
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 16:35:21 -0500
References: <4B3E69E1.3010906@nycap.rr.com>
In-Reply-To: <4B3E69E1.3010906@nycap.rr.com>


Thanks Chuck,
I have been doing that and I'm glad you brought this to my attention, no
more ' for me.
Rosalie in Bar Harbor.

Cliff Lamere wrote:
> A very common punctuation error in genealogy is the use of the
> apostrophe followed by an 's' to create the plural of a surname.
>
> Exampled of that wrong usage follows:
> "There are seven Chadwick's on the census page."
> "Has anyone found obituaries for any Horner's in this county?"
>
> The error is becoming so common that it had me wondering if it was I who
> was doing it wrong.
>
> A little research had confirmed that an apostrophe should NOT be used to
> make the plural of a surname. Gardner's is incorrect as a plural, but
> correct to show possession (as in "Betty Gardner's pie was great.").
>
> The following plurals are correct. For most surnames, simply add an 's'
> to form the plural of it.
>
> Smith --> Smiths
> Bailey --> Baileys
> Gardner --> Gardners
> Van Woert --> Van Woerts
>
> However, if the name ends in an
> s, x, ch, sh, or a z,
> the plural is formed by adding an -es.
>
> Jones --> Joneses
> Maddox --> Maddoxes
> March --> Marches
> Rush --> Rushes
> Martinez --> Martinezes
>
> http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp
>
> See Rule 5.
>
> I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2010.
>
> Cliff Lamere
>
>
>
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