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The Ellis Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Ellis 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 Ellis 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 Ellis genealogy.

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I. The Ellis Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Ellis family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Ellis are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ellis Ancestors

II. Ellis Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ellis 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 Ellis citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ellis

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Ellis Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Ellis last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ellis ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Ellis 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.

IV. Ellis DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ellis 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 Ellis research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

V. Ellis Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ellis 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ellis family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Ellis Researchers

If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ellis 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 Ellis ancestors.

VII. Ellis Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Ellis was the 114th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ellis Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ellis, 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 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 Ellis Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ellis family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ellis reunion.

 

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