The Bellville Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Bellville Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bellville Ancestors

Bellville Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Bellville 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 Bellville research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bellville

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Bellville Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Bellville last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Bellville ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Bellville DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bellville 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 Bellville research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Bellville Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bellville 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 "Why Research Doesn't Work" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Bellville family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Bellville 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Bellville 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 Bellville ancestors.

Bellville Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Bellville was the 30759th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Bellville Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bellville, 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 Bellville 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 Bellville 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bellville reunion.

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