Welcome to the Able Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Able surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Able ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Able Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Able family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Able ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Able Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Able 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 Able ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Able
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 matching Able records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Able family history resource today.
Origins of the Able Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Able last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Able ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
According to British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 79], the surname ABLE is defined as See Abell
Able DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Able family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Able research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Able Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Able 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 Able family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Able 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Able 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 Able ancestors.
Able Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Able was the 12109th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Able Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Able, 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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Upcoming Able Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Able 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Able reunion.