The Bonner Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Bonner Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bonner Ancestors

Bonner Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Bonner ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Bonner births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bonner

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Bonner Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Bonner last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Bonner ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Bonner 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 74], the surname BONNER is defined as From Bonheur, happiness, good-fortune, prosperity.

Bonner DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bonner 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 Bonner research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Bonner Family History

There is more to exploring your Bonner ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Bonner ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Bonner 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 Bonner 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 Bonner ancestors.

Bonner Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Bonner was the 855th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Bonner Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bonner, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Bonner 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 Bonner 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bonner reunion.

See Also

Boner   Bommer   Benner   Banner   Bonnero   Bonne  

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Surname Finder, The Bonner Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2019.

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