Welcome to the Elliott 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 Elliott 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 Elliott ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Elliott Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Elliott 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 Elliott are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Elliott Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Elliott 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 Elliott citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Elliott
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 Elliott records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Elliott family history resource today.
Origins of the Elliott Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Elliott last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Elliott ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Elliott 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.
Elliott DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Elliott 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 Elliott research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Elliott 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 Elliott 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Elliott family history.
Networking with Elliott 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 Elliott 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 Elliott ancestors.
Elliott Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Elliott was the 193rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Elliott Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Elliott, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Elliott Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Elliott 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 Elliott reunion.