Welcome to the Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Alpha Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Alpha family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Alpha ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Alpha Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Alpha 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 Alpha citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Alpha
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 Alpha records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Alpha family history resource today.
Origins of the Alpha Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Alpha surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Alpha DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Alpha 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 Alpha research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Alpha Family History
There is more to exploring your Alpha ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Alpha documents? is always useful.
Networking with Alpha 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Alpha 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 Alpha ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Alpha Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Alpha, 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 Alpha Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Alpha 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Alpha reunion.