Welcome to the Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein genealogy.
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I. The Ellenstein Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ellenstein Ancestors
II. Ellenstein Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ellenstein
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 Ellenstein records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ellenstein family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ellenstein Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ellenstein last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ellenstein 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.
IV. Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ellenstein family history.
VI. Networking with Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein ancestors.
VII. Ellenstein Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ellenstein Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ellenstein, 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."
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 Ellenstein Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ellenstein 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 Ellenstein reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ellenstein genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 09/Dec/2013.
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