The Blair Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Blair Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Blair Ancestors

Blair Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Blair ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Blair citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Blair

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Blair Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Blair ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Blair is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" 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 72], the surname BLAIR is defined as Local. From Blair or Blar, which originally signified a cleared plain, but from the Celts generally choosing such plains for their fields of battle, blair came to signify a battle. There is a small village called the Blair near Lochord, about two miles f

Blair DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Blair 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 Blair research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

Blair Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Blair 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Blair family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Blair 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 Blair 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 Blair ancestors.

Blair Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Blair was the 369th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Blair Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Blair, 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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Recently Discovered BLAIR Clippings and Mentions

Upcoming Blair 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 Blair 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 Blair reunion.

See Also

Plair   Blairh   Blaire   Blai   McBlair   Lair  

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Surname Finder, The Blair Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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