The Beaton Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Beaton 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 Beaton 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 Beaton ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Beaton Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Beaton 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 Beaton ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Beaton Ancestors

Beaton Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Beaton 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 I locate old newspapers for Beaton research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Beaton

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 Beaton records matching Beaton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Beaton family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Beaton Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Beaton 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.

According to British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 91], the surname BEATON is defined as From Bethune in Artois; Fr. Bethune; a p. n. Or from Beighton; a loc. n., Derbys., Norf., Suff.

Beaton DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Beaton relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Beaton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Beaton 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 Beaton 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Beaton family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Beaton 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Beaton 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 Beaton ancestors.

Beaton Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Beaton was the 7230th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Beaton Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Beaton, 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 Beaton 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 Beaton 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Beaton reunion.

See Also

Beadon   Beate   Beati   Beatu   Beaty   Eaton   Eadon  

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