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The Cantwell Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Cantwell 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 Cantwell 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 Cantwell genealogy.

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I. The Cantwell Family Tree

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

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II. Cantwell Genealogy

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

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

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III. Origins of the Cantwell Surname

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

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Cantwell 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 Cantwell research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Cantwell Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Cantwell 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 "Researching Masonic Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Cantwell family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Cantwell Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Cantwell 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 Cantwell 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 Cantwell ancestors.

VII. Cantwell Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Cantwell was the 4205th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Cantwell Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Cantwell, 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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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 Cantwell Family Reunions

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

 

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