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The Curtin Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Curtin Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Curtin surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Curtin genealogy.

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I. The Curtin Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Curtin Ancestors

II. Curtin Genealogy

Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Curtin ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Curtin research.

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Curtin Surname

While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Curtin surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Curtin DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Curtin relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Curtin research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Curtin 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 Curtin 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Curtin family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Curtin Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Curtin 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Curtin 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 Curtin ancestors.

VII. Curtin Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Curtin was the 4029th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Curtin Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Curtin, 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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To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Curtin Family Reunions

One key to a successful Curtin 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Curtin reunion.

 

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