Welcome to the Abel surname checklist page.

The Abel Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Abel Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Abel surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Abel genealogy.

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I. The Abel Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Abel family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Abel ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

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II. Abel Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Abel records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find information on Abel ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.

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Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently count of matching Abel records matching Abel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Abel family history resource today.

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Military Records

III. Origins of the Abel Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Abel ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 46], the surname ABEL is defined as Vanity, breath.

IV. Abel DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Abel ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Abel research, read "When do you use DNA?".

V. Abel Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Abel ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Abel family history on the Internet? is always useful.

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VI. Networking with Abel Researchers

One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Abel queries.

You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Abel ancestors.

VII. Abel Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Abel was the 1774th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Abel Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Abel, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."

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To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Abel Family Reunions

Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Abel family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Abel reunion.

 

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