Welcome to the Avell 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 Avell 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 Avell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Avell Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Avell family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Avell ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Avell 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 Avell ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Finding Ancestors in County Court Minutes" can help accelerate your Avell research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Avell
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 Avell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Avell family history resource today.
Origins of the Avell Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Avell 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.
Avell DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Avell 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 Avell research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Avell 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 Avell 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Avell family history.
Networking with Avell 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 Avell 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 Avell ancestors.
Avell Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Avell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Avell, 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 Avell Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Avell 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 Avell reunion.