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The Bates Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Bates Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Bates surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Bates genealogy.

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I. The Bates Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Bates family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Bates ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

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II. Bates Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Bates 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 city directories be used to help my Bates research?, then read this frequently asked question.

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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 count of matching Bates records matching Bates records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bates family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Bates 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 Bates surname. Were you aware that Bates is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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 65], the surname BATES is defined as Bate, Anglo-Saxon, contention.

IV. Bates 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 Bates 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 Bates research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Bates Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bates 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Bates family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Bates Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Bates 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 Bates ancestors.

VII. Bates Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Bates was the 295th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Bates Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bates, 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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To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Bates Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Bates booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bates reunion.

 

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Surname Finder, Bates Surname Checklist [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 1998-2014.

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