The Chontow Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Chontow Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Chontow Ancestors

Chontow Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Chontow 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 Chontow family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Chontow

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Chontow Surname

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

Chontow DNA Projects

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

Chontow Family History

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

Photo Collections

Networking with Chontow Researchers

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

Chontow Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Chontow Research

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

One key to a successful Chontow 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Chontow reunion.

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

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