The Franklin Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Franklin Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Franklin family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Franklin ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Franklin Ancestors

Franklin Genealogy

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 Franklin ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Franklin my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Franklin

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Franklin Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Franklin ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Franklin 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.

Franklin DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Franklin 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 Franklin research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Franklin 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 Franklin 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Franklin family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Franklin Researchers

As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Franklin 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 Franklin ancestors.

Franklin Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Franklin was the 199th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Franklin Research

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

Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Franklin family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Franklin reunion.

See Also

Franklyn   Franklen   Frankli  

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