Welcome to the Clifton 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 Clifton 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 Clifton ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Clifton Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Clifton family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Clifton siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Clifton Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Clifton 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 Clifton citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Clifton
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 Clifton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Clifton family history resource today.
Origins of the Clifton Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Clifton last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Clifton 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.
Clifton DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Clifton family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Clifton research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Clifton Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Clifton 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 Clifton family history.
Networking with Clifton Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Clifton 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 Clifton 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 Clifton ancestors.
Clifton Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Clifton was the 1130th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Clifton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Clifton, 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 Clifton Family Reunions
One key to a successful Clifton 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 Clifton reunion.