Welcome to the Coleman 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 Coleman 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 Coleman ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Coleman Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Coleman family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Coleman siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Coleman Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Coleman ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Coleman births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Coleman
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 Coleman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Coleman family history resource today.
Origins of the Coleman Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Coleman last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Coleman ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Coleman is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Coleman 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 Coleman 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 Coleman research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Coleman Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Coleman ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Coleman family history.
Networking with Coleman Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Coleman 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 Coleman 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 Coleman ancestors.
Coleman Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Coleman was the 82nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Coleman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Coleman, 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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Recently Discovered COLEMAN Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Coleman Family Reunions
One key to a successful Coleman 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 Coleman reunion.