Welcome to the Arthur 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 Arthur 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 Arthur ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Arthur Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Arthur family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Arthur ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Arthur Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Arthur ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Arthur my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Arthur
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 Arthur records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Arthur family history resource today.
Origins of the Arthur 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 Arthur 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 An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 56], the surname ARTHUR is defined as A strong man. From Ar (Lat. Vir), a man, and thor, strong. In the Gaelic, Air is the same as Fear, a man, and the ancient Scythians called a man Aior. Thor was the Jupiter of the Teutonic races, their god of thunder. In Welsh, Arth is a bear, an emblem o
Arthur DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Arthur 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 Arthur research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Arthur Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Arthur ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Orphans and Illegitimate Children" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Arthur family history.
Networking with Arthur 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 Arthur 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 Arthur ancestors.
Arthur Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Arthur was the 1227th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Arthur Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Arthur, 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 Arthur Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Arthur 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Arthur reunion.