Welcome to the Callennan surname checklist page.

The Callennan Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Callennan 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 Callennan 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 Callennan genealogy.

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I. The Callennan Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Callennan family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Callennan siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Callennan Ancestors

II. Callennan Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Callennan

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Callennan Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Callennan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Callennan 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.

IV. Callennan DNA Projects

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

V. Callennan Family History

There is more to exploring your Callennan 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 Callennan ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Callennan Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Callennan surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Callennan 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 Callennan ancestors.

VII. Callennan Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Callennan Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Callennan, 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
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Callennan Family Reunions

One key to a successful Callennan reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Callennan reunion.

 

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