Welcome to the Graham 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 Graham 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 Graham genealogy.
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I. The Graham Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Graham family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Graham family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Graham Ancestors
II. Graham 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 Graham ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Graham my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Graham
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 Graham records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Graham family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Graham Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Graham ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Graham is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
IV. Graham DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Graham 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 Graham research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Graham Family History
There is more to exploring your Graham ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Graham documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Graham Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Graham 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 Graham ancestors.
VII. Graham Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Graham was the 104th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Graham Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Graham, 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 Graham Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Graham family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Graham reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Graham genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/Apr/2014.
If you host the Graham blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.