The Clelands Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Clelands Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Clelands Ancestors

Clelands Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Clelands ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Clelands citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Clelands

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Clelands Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Clelands 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.

Clelands DNA Projects

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

Clelands Family History

There is more to exploring your Clelands 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 decipher the handwriting in old Clelands documents? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Clelands Researchers

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

Clelands Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Clelands Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Clelands, 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

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.

Upcoming Clelands Family Reunions

One key to a successful Clelands 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 Clelands reunion.

See Also

Cleland   Cleiland  

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Surname Finder, The Clelands Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2018.

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