Welcome to the Allen 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 Allen 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 Allen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Allen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Allen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Allen ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Allen Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Allen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Allen citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Allen
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 Allen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Allen family history resource today.
Origins of the Allen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Allen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Allen ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Allen is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" may be helpful for your research. 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 51], the surname ALLEN is defined as Derived, according to Julius Scaliger, from the Sclavonic Aland, a wolf-dog, a hound, and Chaucer uses Aland in the same sense. Bailey derives it as the same from the British. Camden thinks it a corruption of Aelianus, which signifies sun--bright.
Allen 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 Allen 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 Allen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Allen Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Allen ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Allen family history.
Networking with Allen 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 Allen 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 Allen ancestors.
Allen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Allen was the 27th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Allen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Allen, 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 Allen Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Allen 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 Allen reunion.