Welcome to the Chamberlain 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 Chamberlain 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 Chamberlain ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Chamberlain Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Chamberlain family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Chamberlain siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Chamberlain Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Chamberlain ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Chamberlain family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Chamberlain
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 matching Chamberlain records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Chamberlain family history resource today.
Origins of the Chamberlain Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Chamberlain ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Chamberlain DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Chamberlain 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Chamberlain research?, then this FAQ may help.
Chamberlain Family History
There is more to exploring your Chamberlain 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 How can I find out if my Chamberlain ancestor was an indentured servant? is always useful.
Networking with Chamberlain Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Chamberlain 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Chamberlain 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 Chamberlain ancestors.
Chamberlain Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Chamberlain was the 1098th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Chamberlain Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Chamberlain, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Recently Discovered CHAMBERLAIN Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Chamberlain Family Reunions
One key to a successful Chamberlain 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Chamberlain reunion.