Welcome to the Colbyson 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 Colbyson 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 Colbyson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Colbyson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Colbyson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Colbyson siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Colbyson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Colbyson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Colby." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Colbyson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Colbyson births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Colbyson
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 Colbyson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Colbyson family history resource today.
Origins of the Colbyson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Colbyson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Colbyson 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.
Colbyson 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 Colbyson 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 Colbyson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Colbyson Family History
There is more to exploring your Colbyson 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Colbyson family history.
Networking with Colbyson Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Colbyson 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 Colbyson 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 Colbyson ancestors.
Colbyson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Colbyson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Colbyson, 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 Colbyson Family Reunions
One key to a successful Colbyson 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 Colbyson reunion.