The Ellison Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Ellison 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 Ellison 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 Ellison ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Ellison Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Ellison 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 Ellison are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ellison Ancestors

Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Ellison, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Ellis (or Elias)." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

Ellison Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ellison

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Ellison Surname

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

Ellison DNA Projects

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

Ellison Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ellison 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 Ellison family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Ellison 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 Ellison 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 Ellison ancestors.

Ellison Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Ellison was the 664th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Ellison Research

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

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ellison 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 Ellison reunion.

See Also

Elison   Ellyson   Elliso   Ellis  

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