Welcome to the Etling 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 Etling 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 Etling ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Etling Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Etling 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 Etling are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Etling Ancestors
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 Etling ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Etling research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Etling
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 Etling records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Etling family history resource today.
Origins of the Etling Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Etling last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Etling 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.
Etling DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Etling 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 Etling research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Etling 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 Etling 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 Etling family history.
Networking with Etling 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 Etling 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 Etling ancestors.
Etling Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Etling was the 27737th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Etling Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Etling, 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 Etling Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Etling 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 Etling reunion.